The Next Time I Die

… I’m leaving no Mourners…
Annwn Bound for a spell
… count my Mistakes made
and Lessons learnt…
each ‘Opportunity’ missed
will be dissected and tattoo
-mapped upon my Memory
ready for the next Incarnation.
I have lived by Experience
and Evolving… not Hiding
in Safety and settled Routine.
I Broke ‘Laws’ and ‘Hearts’
… including my very own…
I reached, strived and climbed
… I let no one nor nothing
stop me or hold me back…
I Conquered every ‘Fear’
and ‘But, What If?’…
that strayed across my Path.
I’ll shake off old man Death
like a coat no longer needed…
and stride the Summerland
with a smile upon my chops…
searching for [Familiar] Faces.

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.