Trouble Comes In Threes – Danny Gardiner

First was the robbery on a Cairo bus.

Then being hit by a car in Alexandria.

Now at the Embassy I see once more the cable:

‘your father has had a stroke’.

I’m kneeling in the Ibn Toulon mosque

Having left my shoes at the entrance

I’m saying prayers for the old man

While kids throw stones against the wall outside.

I tried to disappear in Algeria

Like I fantasized I could do in Central Australia

But the family pursues you everywhere.


I must become a tourist in my home country.