Dennis Moriarty is fifty-six years old and originates from London. He has lived in South Wales for over thirty years. Married with five grown-up children and grandchildren, Dennis enjoys reading, writing and walking the Welsh countryside. He has been published in The Rye Whiskey Review, Setu Bilingual, Spillwords, The Blue Nib, Our Poetry Archive, and numerous anthologies In 2017 he won the Blackwater poetry competition and has read his work at festivals and gatherings around the UK and Ireland.
I am an urbanite, an inner city boy Who works The graveyard shift of overflowing bins On the overflowing avenues of the night. For all my endeavours I am paid a minimum Wage of takeaway slops And half eaten microwave meals for one. I am cockney common Frowned upon, looked down upon from The lofty heights of the middle classes. They fear me, loathe me, resent me for living On the street That was mine long before money and privilege Moved them in. And when they see me working my shift between Their parked cars, They splutter and spill their after dinner coffee, Choke on words too crude to be spoken. I see them now and then in their windows looking Down on the street where I move, And I imagine I see in their eyes a flash Of fleeting envy, Envy of my freedom, my cunning, and my ability To scavenge survival From the overflowing bins of their wasteful existence.
The New Normal.
We are pinpricks on a map of this Post lock down world. Stepping out from the shadows Of isolation And into the charcoal sunlight of This regimented recreation. Bar coded freedom the scan and go Of a new world order, Trust maintaining it’s social distance And we live each day Always at least two metres away From the truth. No longer our birthright, peaceful protests Have been outlawed By our political masters, the criminal elite. Vaccine passports worn like prison tattoos, A badge of honour, The code of compliance, a code known By only a powerful few. A cashless society, we sit at home, tracked And traced as we shop online. Freedom an illusion, anonymity the ultimate Act of defiance.