mostly lying in manky rooms

curtains drawn            the weight of

sea-side town choking

decomposing shopfronts under midwinter heavens


it’s too easy sometimes to give way to tears


even the lake is fucked            you say

rusty shopping trolleys

mouldy condoms

squawking seagull staring at its own reflection

                      contemplating more


Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician and sociable loner from Southport, near Liverpool, U.K. He is a keen traveler, having lived and worked in China and Australia, and has scaled the entirety of Asia. He has three published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018). He also enjoys Leonard Cohen, bass guitar riffs, porridge, paperback books with broken spines, and all things minimalist.

Photo credit: By Wolfgang Weber – Imported from 500px (archived version) by the Archive Team. (detail page), CC BY 3.0,

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