Saturday, January 10, 2009
I am very quietly posting this then getting back under the blanket in front of the tv. Which is turned down. Ruddy absinthe.
Sun hit the room through tall windows, painting shadows
in the slender, breezy light of morning, clearer
than your camera for picking your nestled brownness,
throwing mustardseed freckles on your cheeks.
Hair rippled like running water down the alleyways and canals
of places we’d never been. The door stuttered shut
where the carpet lay thick, or the door lay low,
leaving a pile of clothes spilling green from your suitcase.
There were more stairs going down than going up;
I couldn’t recall the frosted windows overlooking back yards
or the bikes locked up on each floor. The Edwardian front door
with the red plastic lock buzzed and shunted onto the street.
The concrete sat ordinary underfoot, the breeze from the sea
wheedling its way under layers of clothes.