Aysar Ghassan

Donkey’s Years

Aysar Ghassan

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When you left I collapsed.

Too flat to make a mark underfoot as you took off.


When you went I shrunk.

Not small enough to fit in your shirt pocket as they hurried you out.


I’m alright. Crossing I’s, dotting T’s.

I completed the whole of the internet

received a medal from Tim Berners-Lee.

“Guess what?” I trumpeted. “I’ve won the world wide web!”

But you weren’t around. “You’re not coming back,” they said.


Up there on the wall

the minute hand folded its arms and refused to budge.

“I ain’t going nowhere!” it smirked.

“Two negatives make a positive!” I quipped.

“Nice try,” it scoffed.


Cue the bilge. All love songs. The chorus, the key change, the middle eight.

I miss you like crazy.

Red, red wine.

And I need you more than want you. And I want you for all time.

Agadoo doo doo, push pineapple shake the tree. No! That’s not it! I’ve had far, far, far

                     too much to drink.

On full spin, I tugged on your sleeve, “let’s go to bed!”

But you sat perfectly still. “Your heart stopped,” they said.


“Boo hoo.

“Boo hoo.

“Boo hoo, hoo, hoo and hooest boos,”

crooned my closest friends.

“Is that the time? Must dash! To cross I’s, dot T’s,” they squelched. “You know how it is.”


Whilst dusting behind every known radiator I chanced upon a solitary sock.

“Look! It was here all along!” I squealed.

But you didn’t care.

The minute hand uncrossed its arms to scratch its bum then folded them again.





Aysar Ghassan


Aysar lives in Coventry. Often character-led, his poems narrate aspects of human relationships and reflect his interest in a wide range of contemporary social issues. His poems have been published in Here Comes Everyone, Critical Survey (in press) and by University of Leicester’s Centre for New Writing (in press). In 2016, Centro asked Aysar to narrate experiences of travelling on public transport. His poems appeared on the West Midlands public transport network throughout the Spring and Summer of that year. Also in 2016, he undertook a poetry residency focussed on WW2 camouflage design at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum. In addition Aysar enjoys participating in spoken word events and has read at festivals (including Godiva festival) and on Radio Plus.