[Adroit] Skinny Living… A Blagger Returns

You do not waste your ‘Time’
explaining the perils of ‘Gout’
to a Poor and Thin Man…
‘Problems’ are for Sorting
-Out… by yourself…
how else you gonna Learn?
I once revisited an Old Haunt
after years ‘On The Lam’…
there’s a guy sat in a Tavern
whinging into his pint
with EXACTLY the same
‘Troubles’ as he had before…
just with different Characters.
I felt ‘Better’ not ‘Guilty’
when I quickly told him
“Fuck off… I’m busy, yeah!”
I’m manoeuvring around the
‘On The Cadge’ Opportunists
… the Pocket-Magpies [who
are two-a-penny]… and,
the ‘Sob-Story’ Tricksters,
who’s ‘Poor Me’ Desperation
is as ‘Catchy-As-The-Clap’…
as I Swagger towards the Bar.
Egypt’s not Stripping tonight
… twisted her ankle, aww,
in a [nasty-as-fuck] Catfight
… she’s working the ‘Bottles
and Glasses’… whilst, ‘Dip
-ping The Till’… and I’ll be
needing to borrow 20 Nicker
if I am going to be able to
pay back the Tenner I owe her.

* for Dai Not Guilty from Castle-Nedd [Kicking Back Drunk]

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.