First rule of fight club…

Hushed murmurs
swirl among the dust
to gather in discarded piles
swept under the rug by
Corrections staff.

The stench of fear
and resentment
commingles with
anticipation
and the unmistakable
odour of testosterone.

Skill, emotion,
those bulging muscles…
Whatever.
You’re wearing
the wrong uniform, buddy.

What the world needs

Prompt: What the world needs now is love – Dionne Warwick

With a gentle grip,
she turns you from panoramic vistas

– mountains, oceans,
and meadows of wildflowers –

until you see the chaos
and carnage
we dismiss as
human nature.

Peering up through her lashes,
head tilted,
she whispers

‘What they need now is love.’

And you wonder who she is
to assign you
the impossible.

Yeah, sure, let’s celebrate

Prompt: ‘I’d worked that much out for myself.’ – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J K Rowling

An opaque chunk
of rock, clasped in
greedy metal fingers,
symbolic of drama
and a sizeable new dent
in his pocket.

Oh, and love.

“We’re engaged!” she purrs,
glee and tawdry triumph
smeared across her face,
but I’d already worked that much
out for myself.