Muse

Poem:

His words now too confused

his way his and his muse

he’s real and of this world

she of a life absurd

the end of one begun

the other looking on.

 

Six Words:

Not you? Never said she was.

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Care Free

Care guide no use

hand rub squeeze tight

deep soak wet through

hot wash why rush

spin-cycles least two

well-conditioned hell yes

iron best wrinkle free

airing-cupboard tight fit

while here clean sheets

okay mister don’t mess up

damn you’re doing it again.

The Day Before Or After

When did you decide

no one on one with him

the day before or after

you said you couldn’t wait

 

When did you decide

to mess up bad his mind

the day before or after

you said you never would

 

When did you decide

you’d made a big mistake

the day before or after

he said he understood

 

When did you decide

you didn’t need to cry

the day before or after

he wiped away your tears

 

When did you decide

you’d always love him

the day before or after

he said ‘I love you’

 

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Selected from ‘EDC Shorts’ for publication in ‘Lines of Cause’  September 2019.