Off the Rails

Mini epics/prose poems from the edge of the eighties, nineties, noughties and numpties


Ashes

Much dust to brush from the hair and shoulders toxic air we rise from stiff knees, older soldiers blink away acid flare from our eyes, lifted up at dimpled light like surfacing divers to sift among each other for familiar survivors.

Special Relationship

24 hour news on the bar TV. BBC. An unshaven bloke next to me with nicotine hair, bloodshot eyes says “these guys don’t investigate, they present not report. Haven’t had an independent thought in years. It’s a non-stop advert for destruction and consumption. You know, there are websites where cannibals can meet up with people… Read more »

We can be Super Heroes

After I dropped the tab I thought – is this escapism, or have I just taken a step towards the real real world? And then I spent the next stage more than understanding the interconnection of everything alive, I breathed it. Sunshine Superman – as famous as Purple Haze. That was ’81. And now in… Read more »

No Future

If you ask how I view things – half empty or half full – I say not only is the glass drained, it’s dry. It’s all a question of survival. A well-trained eye – for a bargain, for a mug – you know, prey. Bread and butter. I move like a shark, mate. Better to… Read more »

Forever Young

We were both 18, I expect, when she said: “I don’t want to grow old. This here, now, is perfect. Will you promise me one thing?” And I said: “Yep, sure, ask away.” “If I reach my 30th birthday, I want you to kill me without regret.” “Simple, you’ll stumble into a grave you’ve been… Read more »

A Quick Drink

I seem to be the only bastard sober enough in this place to recognise a complete knob-head when he’s in your face – and we’ve got one now, occupying every available space with a TV screen. There’s dozens of them here, just in case you miss anything they want you to know, or see, while… Read more »

Decisions

Ideally I would have thought this through and not just taken a big step forward into the wild blue sky. But there you go, I always was impulsive, inclined to fail again where others only try once. For example, when I insulted my boss by calling him a nonce to his face. He deserved it,… Read more »