in a Leamington Spa pub

she sat alone

alone with some bloke

loading the table

and her

with shorts

 

he’ll recoup that investment later

 

wearing badly fitting jeans

bloke slouched to the pissoir

 

she glanced at me

as she downed a glass

 

being a sociable guy

cursed with empathy

I asked her quickly,

 

‘tell me, are you really happy?’

 

bloke swaggered back,

a tell-tale damp smudge

inches zip-side,

 

‘I don’t know what happiness is.’

 

 

 

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Comments

Rick

Mon 17th Feb 2020 11:23

thanks, Frances.
Rick

Frances Macaulay Forde

Mon 17th Feb 2020 02:06

Such a sad but effecting comment on people, the pub, the place - life.

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