Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Drain Circling, A While Ago

Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Drain Circling, A While Ago

Article excerpt

For John Taylor Funeral Service, Leamington Spa

1

John Taylor: tell me you caught a glimpse

of that streak across the sky

or perhaps I am delusional, John Taylor;

perhaps I am simply seeing things

but John Taylor, reassure me

that although the dead are right round

the corner, you still believe in water,

John Taylor, and its passage across

the blue space above you, the white light

clear and radiant above your service.

Have faith, John Taylor. I say that to myself

all the same, John Taylor. I say it now.

2

The smell of rain this early evening

suspended in the air. Just water.

It is half past six, and the sky is grey

though light. Earlier this morning

two men came, and repainted

the old tables in the courtyard.

Now there is water on the new paint.

Somewhere the sound of straw

scrubbing against a dirty floor;

somewhere near and yet I cannot see.

(Tonight my window

will remain open. …

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