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A Corner Turned - poem by John D. Robinson

‘You were collapsed in
the heap of shit that you
are, I found you when I
came home from work
at the bottom of the stairs:
our neighbours had tried
to rouse you and didn’t
know whether to call an
ambulance, you’re
beginning to become a
fucking mess and it’s
hurting me and I can’t
love you, it’s horrid’
she told me across the
cafe table; I was shaky
and couldn’t look at her,
I was self-pity and
pathetic and wondered
why she even bothered;
‘I thought you were dead,
neighbours thought
that too, they were
frightened, I was
fucking frightened’ she
said;
I looked into her eyes and
reached out a hand, she
looked down and then
away, she breathed
deeply and closed her
eyes before taking my
hand;
‘You’re killing the both
of us’ she said,
tightening her grip,
fighting back the tears.



John D Robinson is a UK poet: hundreds of his poems have appeared in the small press and online literary journals: his latest publications are ‘The Pursuit Of Shadows’ (Analog Submission Press (UK)2018) ‘Hitting Home’ (Iron Lung Press (USA)2018), while ‘Echoes Of Diablo’ was published by ‘Concrete Meat press’ (UK) in August 2018.



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