The gambling parlour

This day will go down in history
as one of upheaval and misery
why don’t they just fukin shoot me
and while they’re about it
why not
shoot you as well.

They say that this is for the best
I think they should wind their necks in
and give it a rest

we are the substance abused
worn out and used as and when,
even the pen looks at me sideways
and
there’s not many days it does that.

I put knots in my pillow
to remind me
how shallow sleep
when it comes can be
but
that’s nothing comparedĀ to the
knots that are tied up in me

back to his story
which could be anyone’s
really

deal me out of the next game.

© 2018, John Smallshaw.