One for the Road by Peter Burrows



Peter Burrows is a librarian in the North West of England. His poems have appeared most recently in Marble Poetry, Northwords Now, Dream Catcher and Coast to Coast to Coast. His poem ‘Tracey Lithgow’ was shortlisted for the inaugural Hedgehog Press 2019 Cupid’s Arrow Poetry Prize and appeared in the Cupid’s Arrow Love Poem Anthology.  
























One for the Road













How long since we parted swaying in the night,

refreshed from standing at each bar, chills warmed

by the convivial fug. Rubbing hands

at the gleaming sweep of brass pumps showcasing

guest ales. But where do we begin? The Glory’s

boarded up. The Old House at Home trendy flats.

The Jester’s now a funeral parlour.

So, we bus past The Bull: ‘Séance tonight.’

Past pubs waiting saviours, signs that promise:

‘Great opportunities! Be your own boss,’

to long-sought welcoming lights. The White Lion

still roars (though it’s an age past early doors). Casks

flowing, where something more than this night remains.

Last orders? One for the road, and back again.



Peter Burrows


One for the Road was originally published in Now Then 


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