Gross Maudlin

Counting (Earlier) abortions
and (Later) miscarriages’
… after abseiling
three quarters down
the slippery inside
of a Gordon’s Gin bottle.

‘Not All Wounds Can Be Stitched’

she has tattooed
around her left ankle
… with a loose cluster
of dead baby initials
dangling beneath it.
“It’s the foot I step last with…
it means they always
trail within my shadow.”

Good for nothing,
but waiting,
and providing everything
… except what’s MISSING!
Half-hour later,
he tucks her in gently
… and silently, and frowning
he leaves the backdoor for work.

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.