binsey

binsey

i stood in that hollow once before
you raised me well, taught no feeling

bound up in tape, resurrected
a projected image flickering on one wall
i’ve been away too long

what made you so cold?
who made you so angular?

a considered scrawl
a hyperactive child running around in a cave
vowels echoing out the mouth

two windows together and apart
like white plastic wings
in a cold grey pebble dashed world

what held you apart?
what pushed you together?

broken into blue and grey
“I can’t see your face no more,
you’re standing on the opposite shore”

how do I swim to you through this
cold morning light
water two whole feet deep,

you don’t fall in, you
step

i stand in that hollow again tonight
neon signs flickering uneasily miles too far
the water too shallow to swim that distance

bring me up to speed:
who died? who took too much? where is your baby?
i’ve been away too long

divided up, now
boarded with cheap wood
salvaged from bonfire nights and leaky gas canisters

spokes on a wheel
deal after deal proclaimed loudly in
red, blue, yellow

colours running into one
the sun is gone, replaced by a sign
“these hazards are -“

i stood in that hollow twice before
you raised me well, i know no feeling
i’ve been away too long

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