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One-Eyed Watchman

written by: Marc Brightside

@MarcBrightside

 

Simon With The Ponytail heard
he fell foul of a parachute dive.
Daisy With The Freckles heard
he lost it in the Falklands.

He gets around just fine.
It might even add character;
he’s very boring, actually,
he collects expired train tickets
and wonders why his family
will not return his calls.

No-one doubts his capability.
He lives beside his monitors,
keeping a close eye on things,
or at least most of the things.
The odd one might slip through,
but surely, no-one misbehaves,
the thieves would just feel guilty
if they lacked a proper challenge.

He was there for the inspection
and he knew better than to ask
about the photographs they took.
When his face miraculously
sprouted in the local papers,
three weeks down the line,
he saw himself, another man,
a flicker on his Twitter feed:
One-Eyed Watchman Doesn’t Let
His Disability Define Him.

 

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

This poem was taken from the first chapter of my second poetry collection.

Marc Brightside

Marc Brightside

I am an author of poetry and realist fiction for adults, currently based in London, England. I first discovered poetry under the tuition of Julian Stannard and since graduating I have conducted poetry workshops, worked as an editor for poetry and non-fiction, had my work published in various outlets across the UK and placed top ten in 2016's National Poetry Competition, held by The Poetry Society. My debut poetry collection, ‘Keep it in the Family’, will be available via Dempsey & Windle from October 2017 onwards.
Marc Brightside

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