The burning bush

What did Peter know
when the cock crew?
crew?
or crow?
I don’t know and
neither did Peter.

This is how things go
when,
well
you know how when is?
neither here nor there
it’s like when is everywhere
when you need it to be somewhere
near

here I sit at a keyboard bored
files stored neatly
she smiles sweetly so
why do I think someone’s out
to cheat me?

And if Peter knew he never said
can’t ask him now because
Peter’s dead

that’s how it goes
when no one knows
if the cock crewed or
the cock crowed.

© 2017, John Smallshaw.