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

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


I was walking through town the other day
A most rare occurrence in this day and age
I happened across a young woman named Laura
I think her surname was potato but I can’t be sure
As I past her by in no more than a couple seconds

Anyway she was waffling something or another
About Covid in care homes and separated families
Like the other 999 conversations I heard that afternoon
I walked past a HMV after and noticed myself wishing
To join Dr Manhattan and take up permanent residence
On the pensive surface of Mars

It’s 2:30am now and I’m lying awake in bed
A helping of Netflix has left me comfortably numb
We’re all just drifting now a million American
Psychos stuck in a rut and eagerly waiting for our next helping
Of hot chocolate and marsh mellows

You see that suited man over there? It’s Rod Serling
Though I’m afraid we’ve long past the signpost
Our next stop well and truly
The Twilight Zone 

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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