Fallout: A Collection of Poems

Fallout: A Collection of Poems


There’s this elephant that lodges in my room 
He’s sound enough but sometimes likes a chat 
It’s not that I don’t like talking
But his topic of conversation is always the same 
And trust me it ain’t all that.

Yesterday I came home from football training 
He was waiting there on top of the bed 
Beckoning me over with his trunk
He starting waffling some shit about me 
Specifically the brain in my head

I said hey listen elephant I’ve told you before 
I ain’t got a problem with you living here 
But Jesus will you be silent sometime?
I appreciate the concern but my mind is fine 
It’s just a bit of harmless fear

He laughed and blew air with his trunk 
Harmless? Man you have a lot to learn.

About The Author

Sam Barrowcliffe

I am nineteen years old and will begin studying English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in September. Since starting at Mouthing Off as Creative Writing Editor, I have written and published a number of short stories and can’t wait to share even more. My favourite genres are horror and science – fiction and I take great inspiration from the likes of Rod Serling, Charlie Kauffman, H.P Lovecraft, Christopher Nolan and Phillip K. Dick. In the future, I hope to follow my dream of becoming a professional screenwriter and novelist, following in the footsteps of my idols. I look forward to publishing even more fiendish tales and I hope people will continue to enjoy reading them, as much as I have writing them!

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