A voice said..



Dragged up in back streets

This  working class kid  made good

In  learning and position

I had the job, the money, the status, more money

I was ready…

A voice said

you are not dinner party material!


I cried


The further education?

The aspirations?

The witty repartee?

The middle class accent?

The money?

A voice said

you are not dinner party material!



Paul Blackburn
Illustration Nick Victor

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2 Responses to A voice said..

    1. This is one of the most poignant pieces I have read.I am in tears right now

      Comment by alec martin on 2 November, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    2. You could have name checked the voice. Always loved that line….. and so true.

      Comment by Dave Morgan on 2 November, 2017 at 5:45 pm

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