Ministry of Transport


Waiting, alone, trying to keep occupied;

trying not to think;

trying not to speculate

about the problems they’ll find

and the damage that lies behind

the noises of the gears that grind.


Could it be fixed or will it be terminal?

But above all, what’ll they charge me?

There’s the cost of a simple MoT,

added to the standard Service repartee,

then parts and labour and VAT

on top if my car fails its test.


On the way home the phone rings,

my heart skips and my breath stings

as my mind fills with possible things.


A voice, warm and smooth and clear

sitting so far away yet seeming so near

says it’s all okay, and it’s time to cheer.

Well, at least for another year.



Malek Montag

1st April 2017


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About malekmontag

I am a writer and a wage-slave, and proud father of George Giraffe. I live in the UK, but I exist everywhere. My first stories were published this year (2016) in Short Stories and Tall Tales (Atla Publishing). Follow me on Twitter @Malek_Montag15. My Work is also available on
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