Having lived in Macclesfield for fifteen years, yesterday we finally got around to visiting Ian Curtis' (lead singer of Joy Division) memorial stone in Macclesfield cemetery. Alongside the predictable dead flowers and well chosen words, other less obvious items (eg an asthma pump and a bottle of shampoo ... in fact all the things mentioned in the poem) were also lovingly laid on top of the stone.
Ian, I leave a lighter to light your darkest hours.
Ian, I leave a pump to help you breathe.
Ian, I leave you Rizla, and a bunch of Co-op flowers,
and a can of Special Brew to help you grieve.
Ian, I leave shampoo for you so you can wash your hair
when you've smoked your way through 20 Marlboro Lights.
Here's a rubber johnny, Ian, so you can see I care,
and some gum to keep you chewing through the nights.
Ian, I leave some poetry I wrote with all my heart.
Ian, I leave my sadness and my pain.
Ian, I leave my love for you that's tearing me apart
again again again again