Written by J H Martin @ A Coat for a Monkey


The delays

And the reason

Are always the same


I see it wrapped around

The skin’s pagoda


I feel it

Filling my solitary shell


This need to make more

This thirst for control

This link of a chain

This gas for the eyes


Turning tired lowering


They say a lesson bitter learned

Is better than no lesson ever learned


The fines and the debts

The fights and protests

The rucks and the racks

They all add up with interest

And make the silence heavier


Wrapped up and packed down

I watch the boards catch the rain


New pools for new reflections


A world floating at sea


Text © J H Martin



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The Woman In The Bar

Holding On To Humanity


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Hollow Voyage

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“…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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