This Year's Poems

This Year's Poems

find someone
anyone
but naïve
vulnerable
a target
to poke
prod
tease
seek the ignition point
await combustion
fire uncertainty
watch the flame
fan it
lead them into the dark
        walk away

First published at ‘Unnerving Magazine’ Issue #17, March 2022
edited by Eddie Generous
a reminder says my case manager

i placed want above need

authority requested i adjust my behaviour

gamely i procure
my ridiculously slim lotto chance

bus ride general impotence
home
to unpack my loneliness

i save arguments from my pension
tuck them away

purchase ammunition
for my handgun

i clean and oil it’s engraved butt

‘i need to be a superhero’

First published at ‘The Plum Tree Tavern’ June 5th, 2022 edited by Russell Streur
Plum Tree Tavern: June 2022 (theplumtreetavern.blogspot.com)
when
it’s done
when they’re drawn
those curtains
all in
finished
& that casket
is closed

you’re on your own

First published at ‘Unnerving Magazine’ Issue #17, March 2022
edited by Eddie Generous
‘sealed’