Grant Laurence will soon have his alone time mandated by the law: Solitude

Grant Laurence is on a roll, but there is no escaping judgment!

Grant Laurence, like Steve McQueen, defies gravity and–according to him–has sent us something a bit lighter than his previous entries. I have to (knock knock)… oh. Wait. There is someone at the portcullis at the towers that are A Word with You Press.


by Grant Laurence

Samsung flat-screen TV

The American Dream

The bigger the better

Modern cancerous stream


Domestic uncertainty

All that noise from next door

TV, shouting and banging

Too loud to ignore!


I move to the back-yard

And navigate that high wall

But being no Steve McQueen

I topple and fall


The surgeon says “lie still”

Whilst assessing my wound

Double checks my insurance

And I’ll be home soon


To my own happy household

Italian Mother-in-Law

And if my wife ever turns into

Hand me the gun in that draw!


Back to the bath overflowing

Oh, what a curious boy

With little understanding

Still thinks water’s a toy!


And a flood to remember

Mother-in-Law, Neighbors all dead!

Blissful peace & tranquility

All alone in my bed


But wait just a minute

Whose pound splits my door?

An over the top greeting

This is trouble for sure!!

Grant Laurence regrets not fixing the doorbell
Grant Laurence regrets not fixing the doorbell






  1. Parisianne Modert says:

    Well…I read “Solitude” twice not wishing to be mean, but at least I remain a fan of Steve McQueen.

  2. Mac Eagan says:

    I have read your other posts here and you are quite talented but this piece seems . . . lost. The opening stanza does not seem to connect with the narrative that follows – I think you could have left it off entirely. And I think “Italian mother-in-law” and “gun in that draw” was too rigid of a rhyme: the slant rhyme “in that drawer” would have probably worked better.
    Of course, understanding another’s writings is also dependent on understanding the author – which we do by exposing ourselves to his writing. In other words, keep submitting your work here. I look forward to getting to know you better.

  3. Grant Laurence says:

    Appreciate your feedback, Mac. I saved my least best effort for last!
    Delighted to have found a place where I can hopefully hone my writing skills, and learn from some very talented individuals, including yourself.
    Thanks again,

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