Written By

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




I press the bell

Check out my reflection

And throw the key upon reception


It’s now time

To forget about the time

To strip myself of clothes

And to wreath these bones

In plumes of opiated smoke

And bathe them in the cheapest whisky


It’s time to drain another glass

To stroke the disconnection wider

To lie back upon the unmade bed

And watch the door open


Of course she doesn’t need to knock

How many times

Have we been here before?


My full pair of parting lips

My paid for company


“Come here, darling…”


Come join me in this loneliness

Come watch it bend and buck


See our shadows join and writhe now

Across the heavy breathing walls


“So big…”

This lie we pay to procreate


“So hard…’

These low-lit nights

We burn away

With pornographic repetition



The money is all there

No need to keep up the act





But for now – I think not

As the door closes on her figure

Stood alone

Naked fried

I think only of the dawn


As it comes in – creeping uninvited

Through the cracks in these pale curtains


Its too loud cars and turned up rays

Lay bare

The alcoholic sweat and blackened sheets

Of this tin foil mind



The outside world may be waking now

But I am still inside a dream


A concrete view

A red-eyed reflection


Neither here nor there



Text © J H Martin




J H’s Previous Contributions To Edge Of Humanity Magazine

Hollow Voyage

“Si, hasta la primavera”

A Breeze Of Sorrow Passing Over Emptiness

“…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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