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by John D Robinson

At about 4:30am the door

bell sounded and whoever

it was, was keeping their

finger on the button; I

made it to a window and I

already knew who I’d see;

I went down and let him

in and told him to be

fucking quiet; ‘In here’ I

said; he walked into the

spare room, sat down and

uncapped a cheap bottle

of wine; ‘Fuck you’ I said, closing

the door behind me and

joining him for a drink;

I’d be drunk by 08:30am

and children would be

going to school and people

would be going to work,

people would be rushing

here and there, like it meant

something and I’d be drunk at

08:30am with my father and my

woman would awake and be

angry with me for being

drunk at 08:30, whilst almost

everyone else was rushing

here and there, all of them,

chasing their own fucking



The Pursuit of Shadows is the title poem from John D Robinson’s latest chapbook, published by Analog Submission Press. The illustration is taken from the cover art by Janne Karlsson.

In 2018 John also published four other chapbooks: Hitting Home, Echoes of Diablo, Too Many Drinks Ago and Pushing Away The Hours. He has his own publishing operation, Holy&intoxicated Publications, and can be contacted on


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Posted 15:08 Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 In: Poetry

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