Factory Twins by John D Robinson

John and Tony were almost
identical twins and chronic
anorexic alcoholics and very
gifted artists and I met them
in an unlicensed illegal
factory producing fake ivory
tusks and whales teeth that
were being sold as genuine
articles across the world:
the twins drank all the time
and I never saw them eat
anything, not once:
they would engrave the
shitty pieces of resin with
beautiful and elaborate
seascape scenes: they were
friendly to me and bitched
constantly about the wages
and the price of whiskey:
Ben the boss was a short
squat fat-fuck who always
had a smile and sun-tan
and gold jewellery and one
morning we found the
factory locked and
boarded up with legal
closure notices
pasted all over:
the twins sipped
at their
flasks and
we wondered
what had happened:
we were owed wages:
the twins died a few
months later
within a few
days of one another,
what happened to
Ben I
don’t know, but
it would
have been
either prison
or paradise.

John D Robinson 2
John D Robinson born in the UK in 63, is a published poet; ‘When You Hear The Bell, There’s Nowhere To Hide’ (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016) Cowboy Hats & Railways’ (Scars Publications 2016); a contributor to the 2016 48th Street Press Broadside Series; his work appears widely in the small press and online literary journals including Rusty Truck; Red Fez; Outlaw Poetry; Bareback Lit; Degenerate Literature; The Commonline Journal; Haggard & Halloo; Beatnik Cowboy; Boyslut; Anti Heroin Chic; In Between Hangovers; Grandma Moses Press; Yellow Mama; Hobo Camp Review; Eunoia Review; Zombie Logic Review; Rats Ass Review; Sentinel Literary Quarterly; A Cavalcade Of Stars; Dead Snakes; Hand Job Zine; Horror Sleaze and Trash; Outsider Poetry; Your One Phone Call; Spokes; Grandma Moses Press; Down In The Dirt Magazine; Walking Is Still Honest Press; Poems For All: The Sunflower Collective: he is married and lives in the UK with his wife.

 

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