Just been sifting through a few more old working drafts of poems. This was the 10th untitled draft of this particular poem but, the sense was so evident I felt it worth retrieving.


             DOLEFUL BLUES

             (Just One Of Maggie’s Victims)



He seeks and fails to find

the semblance of

his once bright hope.


The family sleeps, he lies

awake, perhaps

a few untruths could make


an honest man of him.

Purveyor of unwanted skills,

he sifts through all


the cut-price vacancies –

prepares to swallow principle

as well as pride.



                   Malcolm Evison

                    14 July 1987

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