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Through blinds, dark is thinning back
to day – like your hairline. Cold shave.

Microwave the day-old coffee, cornflakes.
Watch the sky live on the morning news

then put the umbrella you will never use
into your rucksack. A voice says

someone somewhere is opening a door
to opportunity. Remind yourself that

they only mean money, to double-check
the house is shut before you leave.

The self-help your grandad gave you
recommends self-actualisation,

not to sweat it. You wipe off
the shaving foam you missed, grab

your charging smartphone, unfriend
a stranger. Click, then click again. Switch off.

Under the sheets, you stirred
like the first time twenty years ago.

Now, you sit on the bus
you are not driving, and feel

empty like a camel long time gone and no way home.

Raoul Izzard

Raoul Izzard is a 37-year-old English teacher, expectant father, dog owner, and plasticine animator living in Barcelona with his wonderful wife, Susana. He moved to the city in 2007 to do a teaching course and decided to stay. He can be found at Inklings and Devlings on WordPress. 

About poetreecreations

I am an author writer publisher web administrator I run poetry workshops in the community. My published Manners childrens poetry book can be found at www.waterstones.com

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