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Three years he’s shifted between park, refuge and park, but now they’ve caught up with him.
Rumour builds a story of how uniforms came before dawn and put him into a van. Questions at a local police station reveal nothing. These uniforms were the men from away, the quiet men: no area context, no emotional context. A drive-by shifting. Prohibition rebrewed. Re-enacted: a film scene for blind cameras.
His sleeping bag’s picked up for landfill. His book and his rags burned on the spot.
Tomorrow is Monday.
Black waste bags crouch brazen on the tarmac, uncollected for days.

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    Christopher over 1 year ago

    Wow. Very powerful, Drew. These one-off drabbles that you've sandwiched lately between the Wainscotting series are in stark contrast to the surreal and fun silliness of Lord Grope and company. Really moving.

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Thanks Christopher. I hadn't really thought of their position against Wainscotting, but it does add a bit of contrast doesn't it? As always, I appreciate the comment mate :)

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    Frenchie over 1 year ago

    I totally agree with Christopher. This one is dark, too. It leaves you with a feeling of insecurity. Goosebumps...

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Thanks Frenchie, appreciate that :)

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    Jamie Clapperton over 1 year ago

    Like this a lot some of the lines could be titles for a film or a picture. . :-) Will be re reading it..

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Excellent, thanks very much Jamie :)

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