Paul Truan – “Small Talk”

Small Talk

Drowning in a sea of conversation,
words I understand but phrases
to which I have no response.
I stand in that man huddle
and periodically sip my pint,
not to drink but escape momentarily.
I check my phone searching
for some way out of the swell,
a boat where I can row and row
out to the horizon to the setting sun.


Paul is a father of four, husband, teacher and poet. He grew up in Cornwall and currently lives in North Somerset. He is emerging from the shadows and has had work published or forthcoming online and in print.