Posted by: Ron DuBour | February 15, 2018

Daily missive for Thursday the 15th of February.~by Peter Forster


 

 

Daily missive for Thursday the 15th of February.

Is there nothing left
But a tide mark
A life of grime
An unwashed towel
On a broken rack
Too many people died here
Trying to pretend
It was worth the effort
Of climbing out of the swamp
When their backs
Were stepping stones
For the jackboot
Forgotten footnotes
Of history
It is not a special place
There is no particular
Reason to recall
The image from
Long term storage
Just a room in a lodging house
For itinerant workers
Two weeks of the year
For the student
A lifestyle choice for
A child with a conscience
A phase in their development
Not an easy trap to escape
For the less needy
A full stop
For the hopeless
Broken dreamers
Crimped blackbirds
Press ganged
Prisoners
Of the faithless
The unknown slavers
Of modernity
Demand a sacrifice
Those who are about to die
Will never be saluted
Build a life from a flat pack
Scrape the barrel dry
It is the only source
Of comfort
In the back of a truck
A caravan in a farmyard
Is not a romantic holiday
A standpipe is not
A convenience
Bare necessity
Is more than another
Pious misperception
The gangmaster
Is an old profession
He was a Roman soldier
A camp commander
He trains boys
In the art of dying
And never stops trying
To make ends meet
When the gap between
Life and death
Is just a breath away.


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