Broken Promises – Written Friday 11th January 2022 (Aged 46)

Broken Promises

i shy away –
from peoples poor presentation
it makes me uneasy
their roller coaster mental health –
leaves me queasy
and confrontation –
never comes that easy
so i shut down –
in a way that looks like avoidance
i mis pronounce my name –
because that is my experience
it appears there are people of a certain age –
who are happy for, ‘wine-o-clock’ –
to be the reminder of a slow death
the type where they swallow –
all the things in life that they did not expect
in fact every broken promise –
can attempt to catch their breath

James Garratt – Friday 11th January 2022

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