National Walking Day

in bed
on National Walking Day
when the countryside was open
for the first time ever to all people
and the right-to-roam became reality
Mr Carswell pondered

then he pushed the bedclothes aside
with deliberate intent
and walked to the bathroom
shaved and cleaned his teeth
then walked to the Jawbone
walked right up to the bar
and ordered a pint of mild
he walked from his chair to the bar
several times that day
and afterwards he walked to McDonalds
and ordered a Big Mac and double fries
before walking home to watch
the football on the telly
and when it was over he switched off
using the remote control
and then walked all the way upstairs
to bed

Alan Corkish