Francesca Johnson

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Ron Of The Cut - Poem by Francesca Johnson

Ron doesn’t actually live on the cut,
He just travels back and forth a lot,
Chatting to anyone who will listen
To his alcohol-soaked speech.

He dresses in black
And has a black bike
On which he balances precariously
Whenever he deigns to mount it
Which isn’t very often
Because it has a habit
Of slipping sideways.
It's a bad bike!

He’s well-known along the cut.
He’s been there for as many years
As my mother could remember,
Bless her soul.

Ron laughs a lot
Especially at the slogans on the front
Of women’s teeshirts.
He found mine hilarious
And kept repeating
“French Connection” over and over
As if were the funniest thing in the world
And in the end
I thought it was, too.

His eyes will wander to empty spaces
And distract him, and make him
Answer questions which weren’t asked.

As he rolls a spliff he apologises
That he hasn’t enough to share
But will share the contents of his wallet,
His ragged driving licence, other documents,
All laid out neatly on the top of the boat,
A process he does several times each visit.

Ron will stay as long as his beer lasts
Or until I have a job to do below decks.

I can usually think of something!

Comments about Ron Of The Cut by Francesca Johnson

  • (11/25/2007 4:57:00 PM)

    I love this wry portrait! Your last line is a killer (in the nicest possible way!) I agree with Helen - keep up the good work of keeping us in the real world, Fran! (Report)Reply

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  • (10/23/2007 9:45:00 AM)

    Love all of the characters in your 'cut' series, Fran. You paint some vivid pics here and they're livening up PH no end! HG: -) xx (Report)Reply

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  • (10/16/2007 9:20:00 AM)

    Another excellent 'cut' poem, Ron of the cut who is half-cut, what a character, think I'll come to your cut for a look, love Lynda xx (Report)Reply

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  • (10/14/2007 2:40:00 AM)

    Delightful. I was completely absorbed.
    Ez X

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  • (10/14/2007 2:22:00 AM)

    We're coming to feel at home with the cut.... loving this series. t x (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2007 9:08:00 PM)

    Compassion and good humour underpin this engaging description. And Ron is a perfect name for him too. I've known a few Rons in my time and they all favour 'a taste'. You have penned your character with great precision and left an image that is clear and recognizable. Love the last line, too. Great poem. love, Allie xxxx (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2007 6:07:00 PM)

    Fran, I like your description of Ron. I must ask is he real as he sound very much like it. Brilliant. Top marks and thanks for sharing it my friend.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 13, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011

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