I stand out – a head above the rest,

tall and gangly, alien accent, orange crown, and more-than-a-little odd.

I stand above, and I stand out – florescent, illuminating, and alert.

I’m an amber sunset, full of the promise of a better tomorrow.


I alarm you.


A flashing-red siren cuts through your conscience.

You hammer my head down and push me out.

I stand on the outside and look back in

and I see you

just standing there, on your island, looking out          for

some inspiration – all

beacon-less and


And, at that moment, in the being out of it, and out of you, the truth astounds me –

I’m outstanding, and in the being of me, in all of my outstandingness, I was

much too much for you!


Copyright owned by Jay Cool, June 2019


Image by AndyFaeth from Pixabay

Published by The Silly-Savvy Salopian

Freelance writer and descendant of the cave dweller and outlaw, Humphrey Kynaston. Banished from Shropshire for my eccentricity, I have made my home in Suffolk. I write poetry, short stories, travel journals, comedy gig reviews and non-fiction articles. My wish is to write my way back into the heart of my birth land. All writing commissions (and free holidays in Shropshire!) considered.

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