Delicious Concrete by Paul Brookes

stippled grey is his floor.
Kerbstones provide his fireplace.

Street lamps hang from his walls.
Tarmac covers his kitchen and bedroom.

He hates homes full of wood and plants.
He loves street furniture.

Traffic cones are doorstops.
Traffic lights his Christmas decorations.

His sinks are metal grates.
His bath an old stone horse trough.

Paul Brookes was poetry performer with “Rats for Love” and his work included in “Rats for Love: The Book”, Bristol Broadsides, 1990. His first chapbook was “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley”, Dearne Community Arts, 1993. He has read his work on BBC Radio Bristol and had a creative writing workshop for sixth formers broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live.

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