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Apr 24 · 51
Chappie
John had a horse,
Her name I can't recall.
She'd weave but nothing ailed,
something not right with her.
The whites of her eyes
flashing all the time.
Like those cd's strung out
to ward off the sparrows.
She'd take a mint from you
then drop it in the straw.
She knocked him down once
whilst he tacked her up.
Then turned back to her haynet
as if she'd just broken wind,
instead of Johns ribs.
She could only be shod
if the weather was fine.
Father said she needed
taking out behind barn.
He called her Chappie.
Flat backed and dead mouthed,
Tendency to *****.
You couldn't get her in a trailer
without a board and whip
and plenty of hands.
She wasn't afraid
just backward in her ways.
She'd stand for the farrier?
If the sun shined
like I say,
No trouble at all.
Ex race horse John claimed
but who knows.
Aren't they all?
Mother made him ring
up to the house
if he was tacking her out.
She feared she'd throw him
Leave the old **** for dead.
She was head shy and I think
John did it to her.
I never saw him raise a hand
but he knew the bottom
of plenty of bottles.
Hid 'em in a welly boot.
Imagine getting up on that beast
when your too drunk
to find your ****?
Madness.
The pair of them.
She never gave me pause
but I was small then.
They know, don't they?
Work in progress
Apr 11 · 65
Resurrection
I won't look too long at the Hell fire tiles
(daguerrotype-ing candlelight, porcelain condensing)
Lest I go mad.

I ask the ball chain snaking down
"Where are you going now?"
No reply.

I conjur cat-fish whiskers
and the water amplifies the signal.
There you are elbows to knees.
Hellfire clinging to the cut glass you raise,
your hands just how I imagine them.
Just like the real thing.
You never look up



Lest I go mad.
Apr 10 · 49
How to paint a tulip
The way women in visions draw baths
Perched with ball and claw feet.
Water running green.
A few twists with the left and straight down.
Then just how ferns render in 2D
the bottom left comes umber.
I never interupt her here but I should.
That green water rolling endlessly
making me anxious for it to be done.
I hum those first few bars for courage.
Her stare meets mine and I blush.
A circus tent pink red for more imodesty.
Inside a yellow woman and a green man.
I push around
Purple anther, white, brown, blue.
I can't tell you how,
Wooden like a dutch clog
but recogniseably
A tulip.
Fitting really,
The vision ends here I'm afraid.
They are never finished
those paintings hung in mind.
Apr 8 · 46
Walk on by
Can I hear diners through the wall?
Is that where you were taking me?
A buckle tinkles in free fall.
Denim moves against my cheek,
We Escher down and down
All of you in both places now.
The dark corners laminar noun
washing you into solid form.
I clamour to steer but it's false.
The first one comes around-
Biting and checking for pulse
(begging.)
Wet metallic flash and shame,
barrell roll and again, deeper
it is exquisite all the same.
The night falls out of you and back
into the corners different now.
You linger though you've never been
a field for want of distant plough.
Apr 2 · 34
Flies
Pied wagtails dance in pairs,
Never the same as it winds up
but as before when it's all done.
A cat basks in a sun spot to sleep,
Spring furloughed at the window
I imagine how flies die this way.
Trapped by the privacy nets
spying on the neighbours.
Mar 21 · 91
Hircine
Herd animals fear separation
more than they fear death.

The shepherd calls for calm
because panic taints the flesh.
Waltzing through roped sections,
Fleurs de lis dancing in luxury Axminster.
I'm bare foot (no black shoes).
I can feel pearls warmed by my skin
the ***** barrel clasp already caught
my hair longer, the curtains drawn.

The heat of flood lights wafting door
Upstage left blinking open and closed.
An eye in this dark room regarding
Apron large enough to cater in parts,
or as a whole to Descartes, Luther, Walther
(I trip over the Latin, even in dreams
My tongue fat and regretfully English).
Who else has sat before your stage?
Me - up nights waiting for the lights to dim.
Your understudy tenderly exploring
High german, cheap shock value,
the God ****** quantity of it all.

The minutes on the wall wrong
as the aisle lights and fire exit signs
flash on but you never come onstage.

That door swings wide eyed.
I watch you bent at a table?
A light biting out your silhouettes.
A skull sits proscenium.

Your hands shucking oysters
Pearls slip the same way the knife slips.

The clock reads different again
Still we sit and watch you repeat
the task but you never bleed.
Too deft with that blade
(You know what they say about a death
in the first).
The stage lights distance you from me
My throat itches for liqueur.
I cannot seem to look away so I close my eyes
the lights go out.

I find myself alone in bed,  oddly sober.
Willing the dark to turn me over
so I can dream some more of
the Cartesian theatre.
I wait on that curtain the way lovers wait.
Mar 12 · 51
Smart casual
"How have you not got a pair of black shoes?"
You tell me.



So much talk of God
as if it were his funeral
instead of yours.
Mar 10 · 52
Cuckoo
A Pendulum regulated pace in the hall.
Thin hands shaken by metronome palsy,
The "I am I am I am" I abhor!

(Gedakt bellows double exhale)

Cuck-held hours and half hours marked,
The doors swinging open,
sole taxon escaping.
Mar 7 · 37
The red Lion
I was into everything and I loved breaking eggs.
They'd never let me do it though.
Thumbs on backwards
and always shell in it.
Fat strands of phlegm
that happy yellow sun.
Not Jackie though.

(Screams 90s eggs in the fridge)
Dozen't it?
sorry.

Why that egg, who knows
I digress.
Jackie made it to a Tupperware
what passed then for pearls
square blue lid.
Folded kitchen towel
for warmth obviously.
The red lion down,
so I didn't have to look at it.
Visions of my yellow sun
Fluffy and chirping
Loving me
.
I waited 3 days,
checked it one last time
for fear of disturbing the nest.
That red Lion under my bed now

and forgot.

I don't know who found it
but it had all the trademarks
My red hands all over it.
Putrid egg
(and I remember blood)
but nobody else does.
It could have been mine
and I wonder if it's a trick,
like the thumbs.
For I was definitely old enough to know.
Just like me that,
to forget.
Mar 3 · 66
Steeple chase
A vertex mouth drawn on,
Pinch turned in the middle
with gold rings at the corners.
Cold metal asp biting,
The flashing white moth wings
of smith, the strange or rough hand.
The crowd, blue denim seam
Seemingly.
Ripping past, galloping down sweet itch grass,
Rippled by terrain and rising heat
Hooves branding crescent moons.
The fences solid, set to move.
The long necked leather ******.
The post and rail spurred flank
heaving carriage, stirrup slapped.


The rider gone.
I wanted this to read like the final 10 seconds of a point to point race tanoy announcement where the underdog takes the lead. I understand that's specific, I'm looking for constructive feedback on how to punctuate, capitalise and line break in order to set pace. Thank you
Mar 3 · 201
AABADC#
27 more
and I'll be 54.

Two of me
might just be,
But three I'm not so sure.
Feb 24 · 467
Lefty
Feint blue lines
a red margin.
So crushingly lonely too.
It's not what I ever want for you.
For me to copy overleaf
wet with blue holes.
But oh God do I want for you.
So many nights I prayed
and now you're here.
The nib drags at the paper.
My copy book was right
and I pray some more
that you won't
suffer
for my poor handwriting.
Feb 20 · 56
Untitled
Chores to consume,
wandering prep
for a thankless task
I'm too eager to
start
so I do it twice.

Once tonight
(the night before)
and again tomorrow.

Friday will be a long day
and Saturday too.
And then I'm back at it.
"What have you forgotten?"
My mothers voice
shielded me then
but it's harder now
because there is two of everything
and only one of me.
"2 is 1 and 1 is none."
I'm pretty sure my brains wet
And, and
I put things down and
they are gone.
Bottles, blankets, keys.
Even you.
That dropped bowl
It almost hurts
spinning and the noise.
The noise
as it centrifuged
the blood
towards my corners.

Get out.
Feb 18 · 52
MOT
MOT
Guess that makes all of us,
that open mouthed tear.
Knowledge is power
'France is bacon'.

You sigh because you think I'm being
mellow dramatic.
I sigh

because I know.

Bodies fail,
Some times it's a disk pad,
Or a spot
of rust somewhere.

Gotta remember to roll up my window.
Feb 18 · 147
Lupercalia
Dog and Goat perform the wool rite,
A deluge of silver flashing forward.
South wind where best perch to weather?
Lie me basking in your splendour!

Cast around the hill back footed,
Sky clad before spent beech leaves.
New greens are flashing here and there,
A Frost that whitens morning air.

Storms blow to cleanse Her of her dying,
Him of sins inside Spring flowers.
Dance for it is time to plant new seed,
Luperci pressed in chick ****!

Exalt in stirrings deep as marrow,
Have dandelions mark the passing.
Though limbs of Oak hold up pale plaster,
The Summer comes in Springs soon after.
Feb 17 · 42
Count Orlok
Tell me what your heart weighs on
Where the rope sits when it's drawn.
Tight across a bobbing apple,
The seeds I'll taste but will not swallow.

"We don't **** the dead, just eat them."
Your words in my head verbatim.
Feb 7 · 139
Beep beep
I play chicken with the radio.
My crop suddenly stung
clucking in my
high throat no longer
stretched taught by laughter,
Or kisses bent back over shoulders.
No parting tongue
because-

You're not coming back.

I should be glad (should)
but instead,
I play chicken with the radio.

Every love song now a car,
                            Speeding through,
My right of way.
My green light.




Beep beep.
Like Atlas in alabaster dresses
With high collars you girls,
Hold up the almost dark.
Lanterns full of gold,
Carnation, Lily, Lily, rose.
As the sun sets eternal
You stand and will stand,
Seven and lost
In light and fragrant dew.
Your sisters nape exposed,
The same colour
As pale paper.
Juxtaposed by
Black stocking-ed feet,
In meadow grass.
Attempt at an Ekphrastic poem, inspired by John Singer Sargent 1885-6 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose'
Feb 4 · 93
Blasphemy
A three faced figure came to me as I slept,
Told me of a hare moon that I must howl down.
Stinging tears of silver light to be born
From an eye central to my forehead heart.
The day and the night as long and as short
As breath inhaled and lost like the very last.
Or the very first, the birth of spring time.
"Celebrate with me" she spoke in tongues
And I sang an ancient rhyme to a Green man
Who stirred in me elemental love divine.
A cutting blade never dulled by use.
Obtuse, but fair he comes for us all.
Fall forward on his scythe,
Wife brother friend, any other
Lover, mortal men know not.

Crucially, sparingly, cruelly, dumb.
Some by ladder fall, aneurism, stroke!
Choking, smoking, cancer growing
Sowing our fragrant folly!
Calmly toast to death himself!

Here here!

His skull and black cloaked hand remind us,
cuss-ing rib trapped hearts chest high,
Why the moments fleeting?
Greeting all we know as life,
The gift that must stop giving.
Jan 17 · 82
Who done it
You hide at the other end of the house,
not far but far enough that I can see
You had no intention of making me a spouse.
No honest woman only painful glee.
It is written cross your face plain as day,
a heavy pock mark my happiness is.
An ebony pawn for you to play
to throw away and say (baby) 'thats show biz'.
Who will think of the children, oh yeah, me,
because who else but the betrayed betrothed
can pick up the sharp pieces of Amelie.
Our innocent daughter you almost loathe,
because her blue eyes catch fire like mine,
not with salt but blood spilt like slaughtered swine.
Apr 2016 · 1.3k
The Crimson Wrong
Harriet Maguire Apr 2016
That sharp uptake of air, breath.
Shaken awake you wonder?
A draught?
Maybe, please?
As you panic search
For a clue.
A window open in the bathroom maybe?
Or maybe it was your imagination?
Or perhaps...
The crime drama clink and ****** of
Broken glass.
The familiar mechanics
Of your back door lock?
Fear grips you.
You lie full of breath and wait
And pray and wait
Pray and wait.
Nothing
(Nothing)
You strain ears into an artex ceiling.
You must have imagined it?
A tired minds trick!
That's all it was.
A different deep breath and
You resign yourself to sleep.
The dark eases as you do,
Your eyelids drawn curtains
To the waking world.
Your mind strolling casually
Stopping to smell poesy's,
Or think on tomorrow's breakfast,
Turning stones with a trainer toe.
Till your almost there...
And back it snaps you!
On red alert!
It wasn't a thief!
That last stone you turned
Wasn't a stone!
But a brick.
With the glistening still warm flesh
Of that frog you killed.
Aged 9.
A memory you wish was dead of night
Men stealing through your house.
Instead of truth.
The thought of that time when
You tripped or cried.
Or ****** stained your pale school skirt
And Izzy Flemming told the boys
You were ripe?

Quick they come!
Those forgotten scenes
Tucked away in the minds mass grave
Turfed over until just now,
With paparazzi flash bulb speed they come,
If only they would lie flat so you could sl-
That belch during mass too!
As every head seemingly swung,
To stare your Crimson cheeks down.
The chronology is wrong
But it was always wrong wasn't it?
Your Wrong
Wrong
wrong
wrong.
And for a second you wish
You were being burgled.
But you are...
Sort of.
Not by masked men in jack boots
But by memories you can't repress.
The pit of your stomach sits up in bed.
You let out a sigh,
An almost silent 'oh'
As your brain dregs up
The canal rusted bike frame
Of your inadequacy.
Sleep will escape you
And that artex ceiling will stare back.
It's paper mâché patterns
Have eyes now.
Every wrong you ever wronged,
And every right you took,
When you should have headed left,
Will blush in the dark.
As your brain, a hardened criminal
Uses your heart as a crow bar
To jimmy open the garage door,
Where all your failings are parked.
Still working on it...
Apr 2015 · 539
Earthed to ground
Harriet Maguire Apr 2015
You came home a comet,
lighting up our shared house.
I missed you like madness
whilst you went fortnight mad.

I knew from there on in,
just where we were going.
No second guessing us!
We are anyone's best guess.

We are technicolor,
bright blues, piebald teal
chrome fins flashing space.
In the gaps between stars.

I wanted to say it
"we are magic earthed to ground"
But I waited for you,
and it was worth the weight.
Jan 2015 · 344
BBE
Harriet Maguire Jan 2015
BBE
Our eyes catch fire,
Yours from the centre,

Mine from the corners.
Harriet Maguire Dec 2014
Shrapnel bickering,
Over pizza and door answering
Beatles the new year in

BBC 2 poetry.
My cheeks flushed high
I'm under this year;

Deleted history

Haiku laughter tracks,
Outtros

                                     born slippy.
Dec 2014 · 379
Sleep perhaps
Harriet Maguire Dec 2014
Go

No one believes me
when I say it glows.

The dark swarms.
With dreams I've lived,

I cry to return.
Cheek on cotton,
polyester
chest.
Fidget, cramp,
Fight for breath
Sleep perhaps
A chance to rest.


I will dream it to be so.
Unfinished
Sep 2014 · 512
Paralysis by analysis
Harriet Maguire Sep 2014
Soft as the breath of 'babes',
The strain in your traps.
A series of unfortunate coincidences.
Our lips stick,
Fly paper for the hairy black
limbs
of monkeys.

You apologise,

They get lost on me.
(Not the monkeys)

God help us no.

The “sorry” ’s.


Never apologise,
Never explain.
Harriet Maguire Sep 2014
The sky lit up for us.
The Devil is beating his (common law) wife.

While we smoke
surrounded by burnt ozone,
Twinkling.
Like so many street lights,

I know the stars shine,
behind the swollen eye lids of clouds.
Fit to burst.
Sep 2014 · 694
Manic High
Harriet Maguire Sep 2014
Oil spots on driveways,
Soap ****,
Leaves
rain.
Mirrors reflecting empty rooms,
electricity.
Summer lilac.

Blue tac,
dog *****.
Pictures of John Travolta.
Shadows with sharp edges,
canines,

Swirl like
Artex ceilings,

Warm,
at ten below.
Men in the corners

A train striding through a field.
Here I am.

Alone.


“I think I’ll take a walk”
Sep 2014 · 872
Burnt tarmac
Harriet Maguire Sep 2014
Amalgamous plume of acrid smoke,
tendrils of gray,
With the same perfect snarl
as your upper lip,
Just up ahead,
You said.
A gaping hole,
My mouth caught by your eye.
Heavy lidded,
The edge of a pothole
Pointed out to me.
Burnt out reckage of an infermo
The likes of,
Dante had never witnessed.
That smile,
A cigarette burn
Sweet like a sloe.
You described in perfect detail,
the car fire that closed a road.
And 'A' car ride that rode my bones.
You *******.
You beautiful, beautiful ******* boy.

East or west the hills rolled,
post fertile, air clung warm
Damp.
You pointed out the whine
of faulty clutch,
Maybe brakes?
(I didn't care).
When I could have sworn
that sound was the wind,
Whistling
Through the hole recently blown
in my soul.

Sometimes I remember wrong
This time I forgot.


Thank you.

You beautiful, beautiful ******* boy.
Sep 2014 · 630
The price and currency
Harriet Maguire Sep 2014
Here we are.
Knees bruised
from prayer.
A market,
In the temple.
A kiss.
In a volvo.
We will make it though.
Aug 2014 · 1.7k
Namaste
Harriet Maguire Aug 2014
A thistle, a burr.
Caught in my chest like some infection.
A deep welt,
Biting like open mouthed affection.
Some hell,
Maybe.

I’ll see you on the other side.

Come closer sweet love.
I'll breathe it into some confession.
Cup of tea?

Apology on tip of tongue.
Tied like some *** crime victim.
My hell,
yours.

There their.
Forget I said anything at all.
Jul 2014 · 567
Stranger still
Harriet Maguire Jul 2014
Me all grit and salt sting,
fresh nettle rash,
ripped t-shirt.

Beer can crackle.
New freckle.
Décolletage,
(like half ripe loganberries).
& wet eyes,
from staring at the sun.
Drying in the corners.

You, stranger,
still.
Rib cage wide,
tobacco brown.
On some striped towel,
Washed too many times.
A saline drip tray,
for a frame
I can only see
if I squint long enough
at the corner of my sunglasses.
Jul 2014 · 2.2k
Child euthanasia
Harriet Maguire Jul 2014
A child lies dreaming of sheep,
the bitter ache of bone marrow,
Fallow.
Fields of tissue.
Dying at a faster rate,
than the galloping pace,
Of normal growth.
Parents begging
for miracles.
That don’t involve
the longest sleep.

When God only knows
what they wont wish.
With peering looks
Death.
The cruellest release.
Belgium begged the answer,
and gave them the gift
of aborting that which cannot
be imported.

Assasiner!!
In the 5th degree.
Decreed.
How their little ones death warrant
will be signed by the King.
As a childs voice,
begs for lego
and an end to the pain.

Immature souls
can only credit to those who,
In fits
(not dissimilar to those endured),
Of passion.
Brought their blood together,
in innocence
Borne.
To suffer catheter,
Iron lung.
Sewtcher.

Who will administer the saline?
Death sentences spoken across
political halls.
Echoing in mausoleums.

Men who know nothing of the pain
a child accepts
as norm.

When the norm is terminal.
Jul 2014 · 2.5k
Solar flare
Harriet Maguire Jul 2014
Like Pocahontas,
(But with saddle bags).
Poc-cheeked,
Beautiful.
Center parting.
White jeans,
Grey staffy,
(Not hers, but still).
First
Great Western.
Whistles & high viz.
"Change back"
Waving from the back of a bus.
Short tempered,
In a **** dress.
300lbs
Between the pair of them.
Twins?
Lesbians.
Sorry that was my father talkin'
"They might check it on the train?"
Velcro ****
Excuse me.
Harriet Maguire Jun 2014
We are the hokey cokey generation.
Drinking cheap wine,
playing scattergories and smoking joints.
Watching major league wars.
Kissing strangers,

*******, baking, roller skating.
May 2014 · 714
Jam, junk, Jerusalem.
Harriet Maguire May 2014
Buckshot,
Burgundy.
That wallpaper
Embossed.
Like pretty death.
Fleur des lis
‘flower lily’
Death by proxy.

We cant do this,
Whilst the welts still burn.
Jam red.
No amount of neck

Ing.

Will roll down the waistband.
To show you Jerusalem,
Carved.
Knee high.
Apr 2014 · 422
0313
Harriet Maguire Apr 2014
What i taste,
Might be lager
And acid reflux.
But I'm pretty sure its you,
Flicking ash.
Over the side
Of my single bed.
For want,
Of an ashtray
Mostly.
Apr 2014 · 476
Forgetting proper names
Harriet Maguire Apr 2014
Good Friday gooseflesh,
Black tea, breeze.
The psychopathology
Of everyday life.
Apr 2014 · 795
Prayers for rain
Harriet Maguire Apr 2014
Lying awake at night
Dreaming of the day
We wake bathed in sunlight
Instead of the ****
We forgot to take,
Before climbing in the shower.
Is this is it?
Is this is it for me?
All of us
Knowing it is us,
1st person perfect
Tense.
Who will squirt windex?
(Not me, no no no)
At plate glass.
Soap ****/***.
Tears, maybe
But i doubt it.
I was never a morning person.
Barely time to brush teeth
When the day is too long
To cry in the shower.
(When it would help to)
So we howl at night,
To various crescent orbs.
We twitch under cotton
And hold pillows
Like lovers,
Who would undoubtedly,
Moan.
About our habits
Dripping wet towels,
Coffee rings on ottomans,
(**** in the cubicle).
If we were really perfect,
Deserving of affection,
I wouldn't need a slash
Everytime i hear running water.
Sorry for being
Human.
Apr 2014 · 648
Carrick bend
Harriet Maguire Apr 2014
To drown on land,
Seems such a waste,
When I could be swimming,
Skimming stones, building
Golden sand retreats for the over 50's?
I am the cormorant slick with oil,
Capable of flight,
Apart from the sticky residue
Of some paraben past.

Awash, but not cleansed
By saline tears.
Apr 2014 · 801
Contemplating (gravity)
Harriet Maguire Apr 2014
It was a Wednesday
Glass rim halo
Contemplating
Whisky
A go go
Simply red on some stereo
Voices
From another room
Remind me this is real.
To beg
Is not to steal.
No one dropping by tonight.
Thank ****
So i drop out
Before the sun.
Before the street lights
Come on.
Yeah? That was it!

Stone plink, porcelain
So much for gravity.
Mar 2014 · 825
Ochre furrow
Harriet Maguire Mar 2014
Ochre furrow across the fattest part of her upper arm.
Lines akin to a cattle grid at the abattoir.
I only saw because she insisted on helping move the ****** sofa.
When pressed she uttered in off hand
“Think on it as a mindless act of vandalism”.
Broken window theory in reverse? I had to admire her.

She made perfect sense
For a crazy person.
Mar 2014 · 1.5k
Fantasie Impromptu
Harriet Maguire Mar 2014
I will never understand
How counter culture
Became popular culture
Maybe it is consumerism
All that is purchased over counter
Becomes popular.
Is that how the bar ****** fly?
****** addict chic
Tramps backpack full circle
Camo pants retailing at
The price of a warhead
When did the fringes fold in?
How did the Outkast
Get number one?
Hey
Yah.

What do you do?
To keep 'cool'?
To stop the sunlight streaming in?
Feb 2014 · 537
Sky as a kite
Harriet Maguire Feb 2014
I writhe against mattress.
My heart
A bird trapped
Beneath bedsheet.
Panic.
My breast a pillow
For gravity.
I live between here
And reality.
Days lost
To dust motes
And patterns in
Bone china.
I am,
I am.
Alive.
Come at me,
*******.
Green with envy.
Blue blooded.
Blood sport.
I win
Because I don’t need
Chemical interference
Mental indifference
Plane of conscience,
Hijackings.
I know acid burns,
And coca cola
Spilt across synapse.
Who needs drugs
When you feel like this.
Breathing in.
I win.
I always win.
I ride the wave
And wash upon
Golden sand me.
The only
Depravity.
Is ****
That always floats
back.
I’ll worry about
That
At next low
Tide.
Love,
I love
Being alive
Tonight.
Its hard to write
Coherently,
But it means nothing
Less
Because
I feel
Nothing more.
Right now,
I am
Perfect.
In the eyes
Of God
Blasphemy
I know,
But no one is
Sky-er,
Right now
Than kite
Me.
Feb 2014 · 1.1k
Chopin
Harriet Maguire Feb 2014
Jazz piano
The sound of hail
I can taste it.
My muscles ache with it
Taught.

The dogs been sick
I don't know this
I just know
It's six o'clock somewhere
But not in here.
Death rattle
The same gravel noise
As the aspirin bottle.

Jasmine
I can smell her
Toast and marmalade
Hair red.
Like a nosebleed.

You devil.
You glorious devil.
Feb 2014 · 386
I am an apple
Harriet Maguire Feb 2014
Bruised arc of purple
(Just below my ear)
Mottled pattern
Of rotten flesh.
Poisoned,
By gin and inhibition.
He was pleasant
Leaving beads of dew
Like it was dawn
Not the dead night .
I don't expect much now
The gentle wound
Of open mouthed kisses
Will fade.
Re-absorbed by my core.
I will harbour a worm
And my seeds
Will be doubt (mostly)
And self loathing.
And then I will be
Another fruit.
Consumed.
Feb 2014 · 535
An object in motion
Harriet Maguire Feb 2014
I do nothing at high velocity
I sit here at 8 minute mile pace
The light speed at which
I sleep is laughable
150 million km from the sun
And even if i started now
I’d be lucky to reach the shower
Before lunch.
I have the audacity to presume
That the open heavens
(Pathetic fallacy in reverse)
Pin me to this bed raft
I am dry docked
Permanently.
With only dreams
Of dead voles and Peter pan
For company.
I promise today will be different
As I lift another drink,
& play the same song on repeat.
I couldn't break wind,
Let alone the herringbone
pattern.
Of self righteous *******.
My speed is registered
not in mph but mg .
Washed down,
Washed out.
Like **** floating on high tide.
(Even dead fish make it)
I will be here if you need me.
But where will you be?
While I drift.
Live a life for me,
Please.
Jan 2014 · 672
Hypocritic oath
Harriet Maguire Jan 2014
I will steal no more glimpses
Of your eyes,
Or the shape of your mouth.
Or imagine how our faces
Would look
On our first born.
I won't burn in the pit
Of my stomach
Every time your phone beeps
And its her (again)
4 years is a long time.
When I haven't known you a year.
I won't share your bed
Or turn over
Dehydrated, unable to spit a tanner
And watch you sleep.
I will not kiss your for’ed
Or sing ’74-75’
In the hope you'll share my love
Of that song.
It's all fun and games to you.
I can't see the humour in it
But only because
I don't want you anyway,
I'm just ******
Because you don't want me either.
It's silly really,
These metaphors.
When it all comes down to
Me, and hypocrisy.
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