I said
he said
and shuddered

as if quiet was bad

he feels unsettled
engine buzz
siren call
TV murmuring
voices dopplering
past the window
as the pubs close

bee buzz
bird call
leaves murmuring

not the same at all

he hunches, lonely
even though I’m here.

Synonyms for Ms Quickly

Doll – poem for Ms Quickly

Never seen such glassy eyes
I mean blank empty

because this pink plastic skull
is hollow.
teeny tiny waist
and this curved torso
is a cavern

legs can be bent
figure is fully posable

hands curve to hold

these eyelashes are fully nylon
this hair is fully stylable

these feet are trapped
tip toe
lotus blossom

they hurt



Although – poem

although the moon is full, the stars are out
although the stars are out, there’s frost tonight
although there’s frost tonight, the fire is warm
although the fire is warm, the room is cold
although the room is cold, I’m not alone
although I’m not alone, I’m scared right now
although I’m scared right now, my hands are quiet
although my hands are quiet, my mind is spinning
although my mind is spinning, I know what to say
although I know what to say, I’m keeping still
although I’m keeping still, I want to run
although I want to run, the door is locked
although the door is locked, I have a key
although I have a key, the night is dark
althought the night is dark, the moon is full

although ms quickly asked for a list poem, i’m kind of ignoring her…

Carry me

Or at least carry something –
the shopping, a tray,
this raw and bleeding heart
cut from my chest,
the burden

the burden of my
foolish choices, my misplaced faith,
the washing basket,

the drinks

I don’t know.


carry yourself
head high back straight shoulderblades pulled together belly tight chin up
point your toes
move your hands smoothly or keep them tight at your waist

carry me home with one shoe dangling swinging from my left foot,
or carry me off trussed in too tight dress and thrown sack over shoulder
or carry a tune
or a message in code that only I can decipher and burn after reading



Chasing rabbits with Ms Quickly today. Two words: “carry me”.