Some People – Haris Ahmed

he decided enough was enough 

some people

some people 

are in need 

of anything

but love

their houses a mess 

their phones

have history 

of dodgy premium rate numbers 

cheapened briefly 

by calls from their mothers 

the girl on the phone says 

she’s 24 and

would walk in his back door 

if she didn’t have to chat 

to all the other men 

drinking desperados through 

a straw 


never to be seen again

reads the article 


never to be seen again?

hung himself using a belt 

his ex wife gifted him to wear 

only for his kid to wear 

the stretch marks for him

the man outgrew the belt 

fattened up like a farmer’s mancalf

ready for slaughter 

somewhere between mcdonald’s 

and pubs that weren’t actually pubs 

he decided enough was enough 

some people 

says the woman on the train

peering up from her paper 

at some poor manchild 

clipping his kid’s ears

Haris Ahmed

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