Almost A Hero

Ges Ashby poem from Aquarius, No. 6, 1973.
One of the things I like best about the better small poetry magazines are the voices of poets we don’t know about today. Especially when they’re regional, this particular issue was a Scottish one. Alongside some of the big names of Scottish poetry are some arse kicking poems from poets I’ve been unable to find anything about.
This poem in particular says a lot about poetry, then as now. Open mikers, I’m looking at you.

Almost a Hero

I once knew a Rhodesian; Mick Osborne. He had
a woman four times in one hour, on a cruise,
when I was studying for my ‘O’ levels. She
was thirty-six and attractive. He died on a
motorbike in Wales. Suntanned and seventeen
and going too fast.

There was another guy with him who returned to
tell the story, like a veteran. He wrote a
song about the incident and sang it at the
local folk club and was almost a hero.

Ges Ashby


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