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Bradford Middleton: They All Hate My Hero

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2023

THEY ALL HATE MY HERO

 

by Bradford Middleton

 

“Oh, I hate him,” they’ll snarl whenever he comes near and I know

My hero has returned. The local misanthrope who hates almost

Everyone and everything and who comes in my shop whenever I’m

Working and I can just stand on the check-out dreaming, in a few

Decades time, about how I’d take being just like him. The kids I work

With all hate his guts, despise him, always questioning his use of so many

Bags but as someone who’s had a lifetime to prepare he’s always got

A response and it always brings a smile to my face.

 

“People forget about the plastics industry,” he’ll retort to the eye-

Rolling youth who’ll hurry him out the store whilst when he comes

To me it’ll always end in fun & games. “You’ve taken all my money!”

He’ll claim, whilst peering over a wallet stuffed full of 20s, after his

Regulation 2 bottles of wine which I’m guessing he’ll do every day

After a long lunch-hour in the pub.

 

“You kids don’t get it!” I’ll scream at them all as soon as he leaves and

As they roll their eyes at me, “Lunch in the pub every afternoon and 2

Sweet bottles of wine every night, now that’s what I call living!” I’ll

Respond before they tell me I’m already halfway to living the dream

Of being just like him and I don’t know if they mean in age or in

Levels of hatred and, in all honesty, I couldn’t give a damn!

 

 

 

Bradford Middleton lives in Brighton on the UK’s southeast coast.  He was born in London during the long hot summer of 1971 and growing up on a council estate and attending the local school, he learnt two things; if he didn’t kick back he’d never get anywhere in this life, merely becoming another cog in the wheel, and has been kicking against those pricks his entire life. He began writing when he arrived in Brighton in the early years of the new century and began reading his poems to often stunned and confused onlookers until one day Mad Swirl asked to publish one of his poems. He’s had four chapbooks published since then and has hundreds of poems dotted all over the internet.  His work has featured in the Chiron Review, Evening Street Review, New Reader Magazine, Paper & Ink Lit Zine, Horror Sleaze Trash, and Razur Cuts, amongst other places including, of course, Yellow Mama.  Follow him on Twitter @BradfordMiddle5. 



Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023