John D Robinson

That Wouldn’t Change

She was black and beautiful
with long braided hair that
fell to her shapely ass and her
scent was divine and we
danced and held each other
real close and we kissed in
the moment: we were drunken
strangers and that wouldn’t
change: never knew her name
or she mine but for a tick of
time we connected in some
minor passing way: now
she’s possibly married with
children, grandchildren or
maybe she’s dead: I’m
curious to know if she ever
gave a thought of me, maybe,
the tension created around
us as we embraced, increased
and fuelled a situation
that could have escalated
into violence: we pulled away
very slowly, like two youthful
magnets, giving away to the
experience, for something we
didn’t truly understand.


From my mid teens I
wanted to travel, to be
on Kerouac’s road
and I didn’t make it
and now I’ve found
myself thinking of
Steve Richmond’s
‘You ain’t on no road
man, You HERE, you
ain’t on no road, You
HERE man and don’t
you forget it’
and I know now I’ll
never travel the roads
and get away from HERE
and I don’t know
if I want to.

Published 11-12-17

John D Robinson is a UK poet and publisher/editor: Holy&intoxicated Publications: He has published 4 chapbooks: ‘When You Hear The Bell, There’s Nowhere To Hide’ (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016) ‘Cowboy Hats & Railways’ (Scars Publications 2016) ‘Damned Dirty & Dangerous’ with Ben John Smith (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2017) ‘Looking Down Both Barrels’ with Adrian Manning (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2017): His work appears widely in the small press and online literary journals.