‘Instant Karma’ by Roy Marshall

Instant Karma

The office cleaner sings beautifully and in Hindi.
I ask her what her song means.

‘The Lord says, I will give you what you want,
when the time is right.’

She leaves a world bright with belief,
the mopped floor under my feet,

the emptied bin of me.
(from Gopagilla, first published in New Walk Magazine, Issue 1)
Roy Marshall is a nurse, househusband and writer. His pamphlet Gopagilla is available from Crystal Clear and a full collection is forthcoming from Shoestring Press in 2013.