Gutter-Mouthed Guttersnipes

You Cut-Those-Teeth
upon ‘The Streets’
… pre-pubescent…
and bro/ken Awake
to the ‘Fickleness’
and [Lightning Fast]
‘Heavy Manners’…
pendulum swinging
the Adult World…
you ‘Rat-Scurry’
around in to Survive.
“I’ve only 2 teenths
left, Mista… grab 1,
‘nd I’ll shadow your
walk back to Safety.
No ‘Face-Slashing’
on my watch, Guv…
my Firm run these
back lanes… from
River to Magistrates.
Our Lucy reckons
you showed her
an inkling of Mercy
… afore ya knew
who she belonged ta.
Which is why I ain’t
givin’ it tha big ‘un
… an’ being all
‘Thoughtful’ rather
than ‘Problematic’.
Take the friendly
‘Offer’ whilst it’s
HOT… an’ let me
get back to being a
little Vicious Bastard.”

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.