The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Neil Fulwood: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Neil Fulwood (UK)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 41




Wild One

Labouring in low gear
up a slope steepened by snow

I get a half-second snapshot
of full-throttle joy,

a man on a mobility scooter
taking the downhill path

like a slalom, grinning
under hat and scarf, coat

blown back by the wind - 
cool as a pirate or a private eye

- and I still don't know
if his tee-shirt said Motörhead

or Black Sabbath, just
that he blipped from the rearview

as if through a wormhole
while I took ten minutes

over the two blocks home,
not rushing; driving carefully.

About the Poet

Neil Fulwood was born in Nottingham in 1972, the son of a truck driver, the grandson of a miner. He was admonished at all early age that there’s no money in poetry, and is regretfully coming to accept this opinion as accurate. Neil is a member of the Alan Sillitoe Committee, a group who are raising funds towards a permanent memorial to Alan to be sited in Nottingham; he co-designed their website Neil’s interests include visiting inns and taverns of architectural interest. Some of his friends and family still confuse this with pub-crawling.

Image: "Parking Lot Backup" by Rex Roof.