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Jonathan Butcher

Sep
2017
Thursday 28th
posted by Jody Porter in Arts

Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter


Morning Out
Jonathan Butcher

I take another sip of the stale, tepid water
from the same plastic bottle I’ve been grasping
all week. The screen slowly flickers as the
machine churns up once more, like a thousand
damaged lungs breathing in tandem.

I avoid these creeping morning conversations;
the rise of the eyebrow is enough a signal for
most. The ones I fear most however, manage
to stock up their reserves, like bloated bubbles
of negativity, that never seem to burst.

I attempt to flex my fingers free of the weekend
cramps. Once again they fall free from any control
I try to sustain. Those filth covered keyboards
and broken chairs become my drunken
conductors; a symphony of absolute nothingness.




Jonathan Butcher is a poet based in Sheffield. He has had poems appear in various print and online publications including Popshot, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Elbow Room, Amaryllis and others. His second chapbook, Broken Slates, has been published by Flutter Press.

Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter (wveditor@gmail.com)
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