Paul Jeffcutt – Morning


Near Elephant and Castle
eight lie in cardboard
bunched at the foot of
a block of flats

Teenagers yawn
jape and blather
in the cemetery
of sleepers

Hoar frost glistens
drain pipes seep
one of St Mungo’s
stops and asks


Paul Jeffcutt has won prizes for poetry in England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA. His debut collection of poetry, Latch, was published by Lagan Press in 2010 and was chosen by The Ulster Tatler as their Book of the Month. He co-hosts The Squat Pen, a regular series of literary events that take place across the island of Ireland.