With Friends Like These

by Bruce McRae

The one following you

down a rain-stained street.

The one in your house,

awaiting your arrival,

with something to tell you

that you don’t want to hear.

The one in the back yard

looking up at your window,

whistling softly in the hope

they’ll catch your attention.


In with a bad crowd.

In the clutches of yes-men,

whose favours you purchased,

who’ve cost you more than money.

Your oddball entourage,

loyal to the bitter end,

which is, as you’re already aware,

approaching quickly.
























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Writers Bio

Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,600 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His books are ‘The So-Called Sonnets’ (Silenced Press); ‘An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy’; (Cawing Crow Press); ‘Like As If’ (Pski’s Porch); ‘Hearsay’ (The Poet’s Haven).



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