The Drop-out

scrimpt nscraipt furryi
urryi grateful
no wan bit
speylt useless yi urr
twistid izza coarkscrew
cawz rows inan empty hooss
yir father nivirid yoor chance
pick n choozyir joab
a steady pey
well jiss take a look it yirsell
naithur wurk nur wahnt
aw aye
yir clivir
damn clivir
but yi huvny a clue whutyir dayn

from outside the narrative: Poems 1965-2009 (Etruscan Books/Wordpower Press, 2011), Tom Leonard 2011, used by permission of the author.

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