At Grudge’s Harbour

It’s grey, dark and forever shadowy
like charcoal thumb-smudges gone awry.
Sleet slashes sideways
as the North Sea winds
rip and temper-tantrum
like screeching victims, ghost trains
and the drums of mountain giants.
Yet, she sits under a hooded cloak of fury
oblivious to all of this…
burning from the inside out
whilst poking at the decrepit
little campfire of negative nostalgia before her.
Stuck permanently… because she doesn’t know it.
Self imprisoned and deserted by everyone
including her very own bright side.
To guard ever watchful
the rocking, menacing boats of anger
moored malignant and always close at hand.
Seething whilst bleeding black
into a broken soul…
clinging stubbornly and refusing to budge
from that precise hurtful moment
which ice-picked her emotions
fast and sure to this bleak, un-turnable page.

Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world. He yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet. Buy his books Scribblings Of A Madman (Lit Fest Press); Poetry From The Nearest Barstool; and a split poetry book The Raven And The Vagabond Heart with Bethany W Pope. You can also read his poems and stories here! Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.