Friday, September 26, 2014

Black by Mark Haddon

It comes as a surprise to find that hell
is the same house you've lived in these nine years.
Two orange stains beneath the kitchen taps,
birdsong in the yard, those floral curtains.
But you're not at home. Not by a long way.
That fist of wet meat in your chest
will not let you forget. The seconds pass,
as slow as the age before the child
hits the red bonnet of the skidding car.
You light a Marlboto from the dog-end
of the last. Outside, shoppers and workmen
swim through their day like dolphins, ignorant
of how they do this stupid, priceless trick
you once knew. The phone rings. Your cigarette smoke
does its poisonous little ballet.

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