Zero Hours – by Ben Banyard


We can get up at five
to pour your coffee.

Clean toilets at 3am
with ear buds for company.

Drive you home from the club
hoping you don’t puke.

Sit on lines making tortilla wraps
for your meal deal tomorrow.

Our kids see us sometimes
rub the sleep from their eyes.

On pay day every penny’s gone within hours
so we wait for the next.

Boss says You must report here at 7
so we can see if we’ll need you.

We have a set of rooms called home
where we might not live next month.

They say we should be happy in our work
and give us training, but we pay for the uniform.




Ben Banyard lives in Portishead, near Bristol. His debut pamphlet, Communing, and first full collection, We Are All Lucky, are published by Indigo Dreams. He blogs (sporadically) and posts mixtapes at

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