Epilogue to an Otley Run

You were here last week and the week before.
Next week we’ll see you again.

The same clothes, the same drinks,
the same old scripts repeated.

That hat you bought, just for this,
we’ve got one here from Friday.

But we know what it’ll mean to you.
We know about the magic

at the end of an Otley Run.

The Otley Run is a famous pub crawl in Leeds. It takes in fifteen pubs along the Otley Road, from Headingley into the city centre. Most of those who take part do so in fancy dress.

Joe Williams is a former starving musician who transformed into a starving writer and poet in 2015, entirely by mistake. He lives in Leeds and appears regularly at events in Yorkshire and beyond. He has been published in numerous anthologies, and in magazines online and in print. In 2017 he won the prestigious Open Mic Competition at Ilkley Literature Festival and had his debut poetry pamphlet, Killing the Piano, published by Half Moon Books. ‘Epilogue to an Otley Run’ is taken from his forthcoming book, An Otley Run. His website: http://www.joewilliams.co.uk.

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