Requiem for a Marriage Pt. 1: A Selection of Poems

Requiem for a Marriage Pt. 1: A Selection of Poems


There ain’t nothing quite like the feeling
Of being down a few grand to the wheel
Black twenty - two just claimed your kids’
Trust fund and though your marriage has fell
Through thin ice

Red number 12 is looking
Deceptively nice.

None of that really matters though
You’ll fight to the last pound
The possibilities outweigh the probabilities
Which if you cared spit in your face at

But that’s okay because
Two fat ladies just bought you
A free vodka rum

The apples, oranges and pares drive
You nuts and you’ll feed them until
You can no longer feed yourself or
Your three children who haven’t
Eight properly in a few days

But that’s okay because
A trip to Disney is coming
Their way.

That is if the ball kindly lands on
The number two and if that happens
Who knows? Maybe you’ll spin again
And wager what’s left

In your plastic chip life. 

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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