In The Trenches

I was sat in the park listening to Bobby,
he’s a gentleman of the street in his 60’s
who’s been sleeping rough
for over two battle-hardened decades.

“I haven’t lived this damned long
because I’m stubborn, or enjoying it…
I’ll never come back off the road now.
Jesus, I’ve willed myself to death
many a Winter’s morning at 3 and 4am
when the decent, still in the game, folk
are all wrapped up warm in real beds.
I’ve watched the same people,
come-and-go, in my corner of the city…
the colourful clothes, the swagger,
the shopping bags, the confidence…
give ‘em a decade and it’s all shot to shit.
Life takes its toll in the cruellest of ways,
the God’s are bored, or not interested.
The ‘Real World’ is a sucker-punch
straight to the foundations of the soul…
and everyone is always only a step away
from black-eyes and no sodding beer money.”

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.  His novel ‘Crazy Like Emotion’ published by Close To The Bone Publishing is available to purchase right here Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.