Just Before Close Of Play by John D Robinson

5 minutes to closing time
mum and dad drop-off
and leave an 18 year old-
naive-never been kissed
before frightened
daughter clutching her
caged hamster;
she is scared and simple
thinking and doesn’t
understand what’s
happening to her
whilst people around
her discuss and make
phone calls and look
at the wall clock and
then at the young
woman who is
whispering to her
a temporary home for
the night has been
and tomorrow she’ll
still be fearful and lost
and homeless and without
a family
and not knowing why or
how this has happened
to her
and many more discussions
and phone calls will be
made by complete
strangers and she will
wait and talk only to
her hamster and await
for these others to tell
her what is going to
happen next in her life.


John D Robinson is a published poet; ‘When You Hear The Bell, There’s Nowhere To Hide’ (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016) Cowboy Hats & Railways’ (Scars Publications 2016); a contributor to the 2016 48th Street Press Broadside Series; his work appears widely in the small press and online literary online journals including Rusty Truck; Red Fez; Outlaw Poetry; Degenerate Literature; Haggard & Halloo; Beatnik Cowboy; Boyslut; Anti Heroin Chic; In Between Hangovers; Your One Phone Call; he is married and lives in the UK with his wife a dog 3 cats and copious amounts of wine.


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