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Stay Off

Stay Off

written by: Paul Brookes



Stay Off
the track. It’s too safe,
too cossetted. Venture

into a wild full of edge.
Into where you can’t see clearly.

Can’t touch earth, can’t hear much.
When you shout it is only

your own voice answers back.
Rely on your untrustworthy self.

Your stomach curls, every move means pain.
Look forward to scabs and scars.

Paul Brookes

Paul Brookes

Paul Brookes is a shop asst. Lives in a cat house full of teddy bears. His chapbooks are The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley (Dearne Community Arts, 1993), The Headpoke and Firewedding (Alien Buddha Press, 2017), A World Where and She Needs That Edge (Nixes Mate Press, 2017, 2018), The Spermbot Blues (OpPRESS, 2017), Port Of Souls (Alien Buddha Press, 2018), Forthcoming Stubborn Sod, illustrated by Marcel Herms (Alien Buddha Press, 2018).
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