Early Works:

Back of Van I


In conversation John Pat maintained that the most common piece of poetry he'd regularly encounter was usually words fingered onto the back or sides of dirty vans and small vehicles in the muck ridden construction sites where he worked for over forty years. Although an actual photograph is lost, John Pat claimed that his first effort was a variation on that so common 'wash me' graffiti usually associated with such phenomena. John Pat later began writing poetry in a simple code in the back of those very same workers vans in which he travelled daily. Below was his first attempt at such poetry. It is followed by its actual meaning.. (The Poem below the cipher appears to be typed on screen, refresh this page to see it being typed again.)

2,1,14,20,9,13.....

19,13,1,12,12,0,13,9,14,4,0,1,20,0,12,1,18,7,5,0,9,14,0,14,1,20,23,18,5.....

13,15,22,9,14,7,0,1,9,18.....

12,1,14,7,21,1,7,5,0,15,6,0,20,8,5,0,23,9,14,4.....

23,1,18,13,9,14,7,0,5,1,18,20,8.....

16,18,5,19,5,14,20,0,19,21,14.....

14,15,21,18,9,19,8,9,14,7,0,2,15,4,25.....

4,1,18,20,8,0,7,9,6,20.....

6,1,12,12,19,0,15,6,0,19,1,9,14.....

1,23,1,19,8,0,23,9,20,7,0,19,15,9,18,9,20.....

19,20,15,14,5,0,19,21,18,18,15,21,14,4,19.....

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