3 poems by John D Robinson

THE FIRST VISIT

Seeing him that first time,
came as a real shock to me;
as a 10 year old I expected
to see him shaven-headed
and wearing grey overalls
with arrows printed all-
over and maybe even chains
and hand-cuffs, just like
in the movies;
and we waited anxiously,
excitedly and then he
appeared dressed in
regular clothing with a head
full of hair and no chains
or hand-cuffs in sight and
from across the table, he
sat down, smiling and said,
‘Good to see you boy’

 

 

 

SUBJECT MATTER

I’ve never truly been starving
and I’ve never slept on park
benches whilst scribbling
poems in the margins of
discarded newspapers with a
broken pencil,
I haven’t lived with whores
or junkies or had fist-fights
with brutal fuckers in wet
drunken alleyways and I’ve
never really gambled the
horses or handed over cash
for sex,
I wasn’t in Nam or the Gulf
War or any other fucking
military conflict,
I’ve never been imprisoned
for criminal convictions of
armed robbery or drug
possession/dealing,
so I won’t be writing poems
about that kind of shit,
but I hope this poem will
be okay for your publication.

 

 

 

FUCK IT

Sometimes you need to say
‘Fuck it’
and go for that extra toke,
glass of brandy or
another pill or sniff,
to take you to the edge;
fuck it,
dive blind and accept
what it brings,
good or bad;
sometimes, it just feels
good to say ‘Fuck it’
and gamble for that
remote off-chance
that could change
everything,
where would we be,
if every now and then
we didn’t say
‘fuck it’
saying fuck it is a breath
of freedom,
a roar into the darkness
a cry of daring
imagination
and so I thought fuck it
I’ll write a poem and title
it ‘Fuck it’
and then I’ll send it out to
a literary publication
somewhere,
why not?
fuck it.

 

 

John D Robinson is a UK based published poet; ‘When You Hear The Bell, There’s Nowhere To Hide’ (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016) ‘Cowboy Hats & Railways’ (Scars Publications 2016) His work appears widely in the small press and online literary journals; he was a contributing poet to the 2016 48th Street Press Broadside Series.

Photography by Sophie Pitchford.

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