Friday, 14 September 2012

True story

He said, I can't stand it any more, it's doing me head in.
This place used to be like a village.
- What's the matter with it? I said.
- It's full of foreigners, he said, I love
   Walthamstow, he said, but I can't stay here.
    I'm going.
I wondered where but I said nothing. He didn't say
anything else, so I said, Where to?
-  Spain, he said.

[From Fighters for Life, Selected Poems Bookmarks Publications 2007
available from Bookmarks Bookshop    ]