held between his ankles, very bright orange t-shirt,
plaid shorts I glance at him from the till.

Don’t know which suits me.

I ask him to wear each pair of sunglasses
and I’ll tell him. He does, I tell him.

Sunglasses cost £3.99. I count it.
Tell him he’s a pound short. Reluctantly,

he hands over the pound. He doesn’t
want a receipt. Ten minutes later he stands

at the bag end of my till.
I had five pounds. You owe me a pound.

I say I don’t. “Bastard.” he growls and leaves.
Next customer says “He had my sympathy,

until he said that.” I process her shopping.

Image credit:zizzybaloobah

I am a shop assistant, after employment as a security guard, postman, admin. assistant, lecturer, and poetry performer with "Rats for Love." My work appears in "Rats for Love: The Book," Bristol Broadsides, 1990. First chapbook: "The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley" (Dearne Community Arts, 1993). Recently published in Blazevox, Nixes Mate, Live Nude Poems, The Bezine, The Bees Are Dead, and others. Chapbooks include "The Headpoke and Firewedding" (Alien Buddha Press, 2017) illustrated chapbook, "A World Where" (Nixes Mate Press, 2017), "The Spermbot Blues" (OpPRESS, 2017), "She Needs That Edge" (Nixes Mate Press, 2018). Forthcoming "Stubborn Sod" a collaboration with amazing Dutch artist Marcel Herms.


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