Tom Sastry




Spiteful days

I arrived at the divorce lawyer’s office
a piece of storm-dripping
whipped from the street.

Deep in the hush
of a building too polite to cough
my trousers slowly dried.

As I left, the stoppers fled.
Disappointments hurled themselves
from the sky’s black lung

spraying my face with staples of cold spit.
It was midday. The streetlights were on.
A man was bellowing into a waste bin

looking for his life.
Between one shelter and the next
is feral havoc. I must get home.






Tom Sastry is a poet and spoken word artist living in Bristol. He was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice poets and his debut pamphlet Complicity was published by Smith/Doorstop in October 2016.

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