Fed Up with London

The man who sticks to his plan will become what he used to want to be.
        – James Richardson,  Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten Second Essays

The man I thought I ought to ape,
who led me to this bedsit land,
sticks close to me now, cap in hand,
to claim his tithe. I must escape
his ever-present, gloomy face.

Plan B. Seems like the kind old moon
will help me out. His quarters soon
become my temporary base.

“What talents do you have to show?”
he asks. I tell him: “Not a penny.
Used to be someone. Years ago.”

To which he says: “You’ve got what many
want. You’ll settle down and grow
to be as big a shot as any.”

Duncan Gillies MacLaurin

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