Get That Horrible Cunt Away From Me by Paul Tristram

We stepped into the side lane
behind ‘Old Mary’s Mission Of Hope’
down by the Dock Front
to see what all the racket was about?
Three ‘Buzzies’ had a Bag Lady
backed into a corner.
She was an angry, hysterical,
screeching thing… with a broken bottle
in each hand which she was expertly
zigzagging around in front of herself.
There was what looked to be
a male homeless body upon the ground
a few feet away which no one seemed
to be paying attention to at that moment.
The ‘Bluebottle’ to the left
had his truncheon out
and was snake charming her movements.
Trying to gauge when best to strike
and hit a bottle out of her hand.
Each time he tried and missed she screamed
“Get that horrible cunt away from me!”
Then the Black Maria arrived
like a rushing heart attack to the evening.
We were forced back from whence we came,
to listen from the street corner to the sound
of thumping, banging… then calm returning.

Scribblings Of A Madman
Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world, he yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet. Buy his books ‘Scribblings Of A Madman’ (Lit Fest Press) ‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ at And a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope at You can also read his poems and stories here!

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