I was born in the city of Manchester, England. I have been writing short stories since the age of 11 but have only been writing poetry for the past couple of years. Within this time, I have had various pieces published in poetry blogs but I primarily enjoy showing them to family and friends. I have recently graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Business Management. When I am not writing, I enjoy volunteering for environmental charities based within Manchester.
A Commercial Inconvenience
Taking a short cut through the shopping centre,
I came across a man,
confined to a wheel chair,
positioned close to the exit,
head slumped to one side,
staring through the
transparent doors to the outside.
Individuals, couples and groups walked passed him with looks of confused disgust.
Partly annoyed he was blocking the exit, but bewildered to what he was doing.
I stopped beside him.
“Excuse me, are you alright?” I asked.
He lifted his crooked neck and looked at me through his bullet proof glasses.
“Yeah, I’m fine” he replied.
“Do you want me to open the door for you?”
“No, I’m fine thank you”.
I nodded and walked out of the exit and stopped at a zebra crossing.
I turned back around and saw an employee push the man through the doors before
walking back inside.
Apparently, some of the dust mustn’t have been swept under the carpet.
A Glimmer of Hope
I sat at a table in the cafeteria at work with a few other employees.
The atmosphere was tiring and primarily silent, except for the occasional
announcement asking for someone to head to the manager’s office or for the
cleaner to head to an aisle.
I began peeling open the food stained
pages of The Sun newspaper.
Suddenly, a voice emanated from
the cafeteria door. I turned around and saw Stacy (a check out girl) asking
rhetorical questions to the room.
“Is there anyone interesting in here?” she asked.
A few of the glum faces shook their heads.
“No? Looks like there isn’t” she said.
She poked her head back through the door and gave us back the silence.
It was the most interesting thing she had ever done.
©2014 Anthony Keers