lunchtime Oxford-logic

in a Covered Market sushi bar

I sat next to a guy

who, sipping green tea,

said he was a blogger.


‘hmm interesting. money good?’

‘pays the mortgage.’

‘what do you write about?’

‘the kindness of strangers.’

‘thin on the ground these days.’

‘who cares? I make it all up anyway.’

‘conning people okay by you?’


he stroked his donnish beard,


‘strictly speaking I don’t mislead;

 if I describe

a chance meeting,

a conversation,

an act of charity;


in the multiverse of multiverses

it must have happened somewhere...


                                                       ...if only in imagination…’


 ‘fair enough. see your point.’


after noodles

he shook my hand,


‘...thanks for lunch.’


at the counter 

he paid his bill




I discovered later,




◄ Oxford snapshots

waiting in Coventry ►



Wed 19th Feb 2020 12:30

Thanks all for your kind words - I did not rate this work at all - trust the tale and not the teller eh?

The pivotal moment for me is the guy using 'surely' - I was told at school that 'surely' is a sure sign of a fallacious argument - as too you can never trust anyone who says, 'trust me' or 'you know you can trust me' ha ha :)

Regarding kindness and creativity: I used my Oxford trip to salt away books here and there (cafes, pubs etc) - I give my work away and hopefully people pass it on like Amsterdam white bikes of the 70s 😃

mona s

Wed 19th Feb 2020 04:23

Nice ,crisp and a good twist

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 18th Feb 2020 17:06

Lines to get one thinking - with a pleasing "pay off" (so to speak).
We know the saying "Cruel to be kind". Why not "Creative to be kind".?

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Tue 18th Feb 2020 15:43

Unique and brilliant.

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keith jeffries

Tue 18th Feb 2020 13:50

This has a real twist to it. Good poem

Thank you


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Hannah Collins

Tue 18th Feb 2020 11:52

I like the style of this.


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