On Absent People

Will Redman is in the final year of his combined honours degree in Creative Writing with Journalism.

There’s an island where the absent people go,

celebs late to a curtain call,

school truants and convicts skipping parole hearings,

a businessman taking a rain check from a meeting.


They sit at the bar on the shore

and talk, wax lyrical

about the things that made them hysterical,

made them want to leave the mainland.


One morning

one groom short of a wedding

looks at his watch,

says, ‘I must be going’.