She Empathized And Paid For It

“… that was the top right front tooth.
The chin-gash was ‘Naivety’
which rhymes with Stupidity
… we live and burn, then learn.
Yeah, 18 months ‘Streetwalking’
… and I’ve only just found my feet.
Stay away from ‘Sweet Old Men’,
they’re wearing disguises…
and are crueler than the young lads,
who are violent-as-fuck,
only it’s obvious and predictable,
you can work with that, and avoid it,
the codgers trap/corner you… BANG!
… you’ll never forget their ‘Filth’.
The ones who want to help, befriend,
or protect you…
will chain you to a fucking radiator,
if you’re dipshit enough to follow ‘em.
Enjoy the middle-aged broken-hearted
who want to cry on your shoulder,
and men who view you indifferently,
and use you like a coin slot machine
… that’s all straightforward business.
‘Promises’ and ‘Chat-Up Lines’
are Warning Signs…
and always ask at least two questions,
about any fucking subject at all…
if there’s ‘Anger’ there, you’ll hear it.”

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.