The laughing cloud fills the empty town,
endless repetition spread from oversized drops.

Skull heads embossed on every
street corner

as hope looks for
an authentic voice
to write something good.

Henry Bladon is a writer of short fiction and poetry based in Somerset in the UK. He has degrees in psychology and mental health policy and a PhD in literature and creative writing. His work can be seen in Potato Soup Journal, Forth Magazine, Mercurial Stories, Asylum Magazine, Tuck Magazine and Spillwords Press, among other places. Read other articles by Henry.