i could almost hear
the perturbation
inside his head
that unremitting repetition
of twelve
school years
and i imagined
his dream car
filled with mates
knocking about
suburban streets
me thinking
he should be
on the open road
but he’d know
he was still going nowhere

First published by Ochre Coast Writers
in their Anthology, ‘Ochre Ten’
edited by Dr Steve Evans, Oct 2020