Swapping Boughs

Jumping straight from one bad lover to the next,
surface attraction only, a means to an end,
no thought of suitability or compatibility.
Never been ‘Single’ for more than a few days at a time…
yet, has always felt alone and lonely.
Traded ‘Alcohol’ in for ‘Drugs’, then back again,
before settling for both at the very same time.
Never looks at, nor fixes, the ‘Problem’
(and she has quite a few of those)
only medicates and temporarily Band-Aid’s the results.
‘Short-cuts’ are all that are known,
destinations and objectives whimsical and fleeting.
Caught a bus to the seaside, ten years ago,
for some special ‘Alone Time’ to think things through.
Said that it was the most horrible experience of her life…
for she was stuck, in a picturesque ‘Nowhere’
for three torturous hours, with absolutely no one but Herself.

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.