The Chase by Mark Roberts

we queue quietly just
oh paul your villanelle
marches stylishly to the front!
war again!
but first a visit to the theatre
          & a meal of rose petals

the war is that way!
but you are thinking
       of another front
 & charge towards the chequered
you are denied entry for a moment
but the promise of glory and a desk job
         draws the bouncers away
& you make yet another
       triumphant entry


Mark Roberts is a Sydney based poet and critic. He had a book of prose poems, Stepping Out of Line, published in 1985 and may one day publish another book. He edits the online journal Rochford Street Review ( and P76 Magazine (

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