Written By

Poet and Photographer J H Martin @ A Coat for a Monkey




An ancient song

Howls across

Mad factory dawns

Of run-down yards

Covered by

Smoke and soot

And flies in brawling

Through the

Common sympathy at night


When the wife

Has left you

The kids are screwed up

And the house

Has been repossessed

By the bastards

Who have used you

For all these years

Before they laid you off

And now want nothing

More to do with you –

Sitting in this bar alone

Waiting for the sun to rise

Listening to an ancient song


Image and text © J H Martin



J H’s Previous Contributions To Edge Of Humanity Magazine

“…you know you can’t sleep there” | Passages Of A Homeless Person’s Life

A Story Of Grief

Life On The Irrawaddy’s Muddy Waters

Life On Waste Land

No Way To Die

Artist Exposé | Urban

Taking Different Paths

Reddish Days In Asia

A Quiet Exit



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