Welsh Pikey by Paul Tristram

Other side of The Severn Bridge wandering.
I’ve been banned & thrown out
of so many places now…
it’s getting ridiculous & funny!
In one Town in Middle England
they had the police escort us
from Traveller Site into the Centre
just to sign & cash our Giros,
so we could afford enough diesel to leave.
I always return, at least once,
just to remind them how cute I fucking am.
Wombling away the night-time
‘Picking up things that the everyday folks
haven’t locked up or nailed down’
A-tatting and ‘Ra-Ra-Rag-Bone-ing’
the hungover, early afternoons.
My terrier’s name is ‘Get Off My Land’
she makes the Old Dears go ‘Aww’
and open their coin-purses faster
when I shopfront-busk harmonica.
There’s a charm and a wild beauty
in always a-roving and a-rambling.
Though the trail through the villainous day
be treacherous and ‘Hard As Nails’
But, it’s the custom for this Welsh Pikey…
‘Here’s Me Hand & Here’s Me Heart’
for I would not have it any other way.

paul smoking - Copy
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) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1943170096 ‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326241036 And a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326415204 You can also read his poems and stories here! http://paultristram.blogspot.co.uk/
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