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Life & Death. (or...'happening upon creation in a graveyard'.)

Paul Handley

I don't trust the air domestically because the workers

are doled up in white suits and masks to remove the asbestos

in the ongoing demolition and I tell myself I don't know

which way the wind is blowing and all this reckoning

on Shakespeare's quality of mercy has left me dry.

They say laughter is the best medicine

so I walk into the pub' where service is slow

and order a sandwich for two thousand and seventeen.

He's not laughing so I ask for a pint.

I was looking for footpath 136 but the signeage

is on the other side of the Green.

A sunny day and a walk around the church cemetery

has recently left me disgusted in spring-heat

not by the list of local authority rules

the don't drop this and the don't do that and

photography must only be made by permission

of the doo-dah bearer,but by the private-public

shagging couple,banging away by the dead-flower bins.

Not even the public interuption of a few private moments

but the astonished look of embarrassed amazement

on her face,in the grass,at being discovered.

Moments later,listening to a blackbird on the bench

half-way down my glass of Ghostship

they walk by,happy as.

I know this by the recent hastily disgarded

red shoes I noticed she is now wearing

and the rose flushed blush on her cheeks.


Peter Handley

Peter Handley was born in a small village next to what was Sherwood Forest in the first decade at the beginning of the end of the age of Aquarius. He has been variously described as an arty farty twat and an Indian Oscar award winning actor and writer. He is published in numerous literary journals, trained, amongst other places, at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and continues to tell stories and bullshit in all the right hostelries to promote positive growth all around the world and in his back garden. His first solo exhibition of works on paper is due out in a fancy gallery in Vienna late 2014.

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