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Buying Boxer Shorts in Next A new poem by Wayne Dean-Richards

Buying Boxer Shorts in Next

A new poem by Wayne Dean-Richards

by Wayne Dean-Richards,
first published: April, 2023

approximate reading time: minutes

buying boxer shorts in Next is taken from Wayne Dean-Richards forthcoming collection It's A Mad World, But Funny

Wayne Dean-Richards has shared 18 poems for us to publish during 2023. The collection is called It's a Mad World, But Funny. Eventually there will be a free, downloadable PDF of all the poems and a planned A6 compendium too. (Links to all of the poems way down the page.)

 

buying boxer shorts in Next

he’s on a slab a world away.
a victim of his loneliness,
though the doctors put it down
to pneumonia.

his money’s gone and
we’re left with an interpreter’s rendition of his last days:
holes and hollows that claw through darkness and
bring me sweating awake
as if to the sound of his voice calling my name,
or his familiar tap on my door every Friday.

he’s gone and I know it,
but won’t accept it,
can’t believe it,
wait for the arrival of his ashes,
as if that will make a difference.

“where is she?” he cried,
when cancer took my mother.
stole their long planned for retirement.

‘where are you?’” I ask places he left behind,
an eye out for his belligerent face
glimpsed across supermarket aisles.

in time I’ll cease to be like a fresh wound
but right now, blood flows freely
as predators feast on his death -
and I buy boxer shorts in Next.

© Wayne Dean-Richards


Essential Info
The 18 poems comprising Wayne Dean-Richards' IT'S A MAD WORLD BUT FUNNY series are listed below.  Outsideleft will be publishing them all throughout 2023. A free downloadable PDF and a limited edition A6 Outsideleft Booklet (for neither profit or loss) of these poems will be available at the end. But not till the end. I am pretty sure that means November...


Wayne Dean-Richards

Wayne Dean-Richards works with short stories and the novel. His work has been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. Some of that work can be found in his collection Cuts, available here


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