Living With The Consequences by Paul Tristram

It’s splintering again…
and badly this time,
God is yawning and looking away.
Those mountains are getting treacherous,
the weather’s taken a turn for the worse…
and I’m doing nothing but repeating myself lately.
‘If you can manage to hide
6 lines of beautiful, golden
brightness and optimism
in the middle of an otherwise
dark poem you will not only
save yourself but your entire history’
I’m sighing at just the thought of it.
Trying to un-circle the patterns
that I keep clumsily falling into.
Coughing up another bloody, double yolk for you.
The mind is playing tricks…  for I seem to remember
gentle evenings in the summer,
walking hand in hand down by the riverbank.
Young, proud and happy
to have eyes and ears and memories.
But in reality, I know full well
that was the year we burnt our childhoods
at the stake in the centre of Town
and set off separately into the wilderness.

black derby

Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world, he yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet. Buy his books ‘Scribblings Of A Madman’ (Lit Fest Press) ‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ at And a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope at You can also read his poems and stories here!

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