Put your pretty lips to this
… and tell me, honestly,
can you taste
the Downward Spiral?
Oh, I’m just throwing
a ‘Slant’
into your upright
Moral Compass
… and smashing a ‘Ding’
in the fairy-tale Armour
which surrounds your
plum-pudding rich Heart.
I was observing
clouded your hopeful eyes
… before Backdrafting
and transforming
your once Eloquent Face
into ‘Scorn’ and ‘War’
… and I have come
to help you target practice,
until you find new Balance.

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.