No Calypso! [Referee]

They are throwing ‘Opposing Side’
Football Hooligans into Cells together
… you can hear the Screws
laughing and betting beer money
from out on the safety of the Landing
… as they pit-bull-fight like animals.
All the other ‘Cons’ in Peters
off to the sides, and above and below
… are stamping and banging
Terrace Threats and Sing-Alongs
“Dah dah da-da-dah da-da-da-dah
DA-DAH…You’re Go-ing Home
… In A Fuck-ing Am-BU-LANCE!”
Yeah, there is no ‘Home’, for now,
just ‘Patience’, [Non-Stop] ‘Waiting’,
the Calendar’s ‘Deaf Ear’ …
and sprayed blood all over the photos
of wives, girlfriends, kids and babies
stuck [with toothpaste] to Prison Walls.

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.