Cobbles and Gutters (Fragments)

In the maze of cobbles and gutters the remnants of the day gather. Torn up train tickets, crumpled newspapers and burned out cigarette butts litter the cobbles, waiting for night rain to come, waiting to be washed away into the gutter.

The rain tumbles down and yesterday is submerged in the sewers. The new day begins in the maze of cobbles and gutters.


In the maze of cobbles and gutters a solitary rat ambles around, in search of food. Sniffing cobble crevasses, footsteps echo, the rat sniffing the air in fear and anticipation. A person rounds the corner and the rat scrambles into the gutter, disappearing into a drain.


In the maze of cobbles and gutters platoons of ants scour the canyons between cobbles.  Antennae bob wildly, seeking out the sugary leftovers which tumbled from mouths to the ground. A piece of chocolate makes for a successful expedition. Marching through the gutter with chocolate in tow the ants advance homeward hoping to avoid the filling of the water course.

(But the gutter has filled with water and the ants must find a new way home, without sacrificing their haul).


In the maze of cobbles and gutters a man is running, his footfalls echoing through hollow alleyways. As he vanishes in back streets a second man appears following in his footsteps. Looking around he stands still, exasperated, the first man now out of reach. Sighing, the chaser returns to the main street.


Somethings I have had stored up for a while. But since this week I’ve written nothing of value  have had to put these up instead. Hopefully Saturday will be better.


About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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2 Responses to Cobbles and Gutters (Fragments)

  1. A~Lotus says:

    “The rain tumbles down and yesterday is submerged in the sewers. The new day begins in the maze of cobbles and gutters.”

    I need to write more fragments like this. That is my absolute favorite! 🙂 I really enjoyed reading through this post and how you repeated the “cobbles and gutters” theme throughout to create almost a mural of words. Thanks so much for sharing! I think each of these fragments are unique in their own ways.

    Also, I want to thank you so much for stopping by my blog for a visit! I’ve been busy with a different writing project, but I hope to post there more soon. In the meanwhile, namaste! 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment.
      “Cobbles and gutters” came from something I wrote called Friday Night and I liked it so much I just wanted to see how much I could do with it. I had kinda written them off though so its nice to see them get some love.
      Visiting your blog is always a pleasure. Look forward to seeing more poems there.

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