Academic journal article Hecate

Lumeah Street

Academic journal article Hecate

Lumeah Street

Article excerpt

Morning.

Familiar greyness, birds too loud

for joy

baby crying there is no clock I have no need to know

the time

return to bed warm rumpled sheets she sucks

as long as I can stand the teeth

a little longer

T.V. on how I hate them cheerful talk show minutes

ticking in the corner

she sits on my lap keep the coffee clear so hot

and black it burns

I wish I could be anywhere

but pulling yards and yards of waxed

sandwich paper going through the motions she won't

eat any of it she

dances try to dress her another nappy button needs

moving, sun hat, sweater, milk flask

on and on

we say good-bye waves and smiles we're going getting

away in your dressing gown you stand

in the driveway close the gates close

the emptiness in.

The dog to be fed not played with now sit

the coffee's bitter cold and smoke dishes smeared

with marmalade and crumbs that stick

roses dead in a vase red turned paper black.

The T.V. brain starts to work New York

home somewhere pots and pans of last night's

meal obscure

the sink wash plastic pants shirt and nursing bras

on the line some insect has decorated a peg

with tiny eggs the garden struggles

beyond the fence

a clothes hoist similar a hand reaches up and

pegs sad looking towels, blanket, flannel shirts I think there

must be someone there someone living

in the house behind the fence

is high the clothes hoist spins around

all day

watch mavis bett fred all do I care yes sometimes

think about them in the shower

catch myself as if they are real their lives worse

than mine is that why? …

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