Enough time has passed since the end of my creative writing module so that I can publish some of my degree poems – even though I’m not a poet.
No Through Road
British summertime, always fine in the mid-1980s.
We dragged our feet for miles in the sweltering heat-
a family day out for a Guardian reader.
Not much fun for us, at seven, eight and fifteen.
We halted at a shut gate, obscured by a house.
A dead-end, no through road, my Mum was vexed.
Dad’s rambling book past its sell-by date.
A girl sits behind glass like a Pink and Pretty Barbie.
A privileged reflection, same blue eyes, same blond hair,
different opportunities – but at least I was outside.
I smiled and waved at her but she just stared at me,
looking down her nose at my catalogue clothes.
That scene has disappeared now, of
British village life, beauty and dead ends.
A glimpse of the ideal; the grass that’s always greener.
Pink and Pretty Barbie, how did your life turn out?
Drama in Pyjamas
Remember those insomnia filled nights?
Always something on my mind.
You held me close in cotton, naked
thighs would conspire without you.
My night time leg protectors,
now too old to be any use.
Your waistband is frayed and too tight anyway.
Holes in the ankles from when the dog was small.
A bleach-splash stain that sort of blended in.
I hear leopard print is in fashion again.
A favourite since the first time round,
with your never changing spots.
Sleeping in pyjamas
became housework in pyjamas,
graduated to gardening in pyjamas.
I almost went shopping
(that’s why I need a new pair).
We had some good times,
but now I don’t fit you
and you do not fit me;
tricky to choose something new.
Questioning attachments and familiarity.
Intimate to an unwelcome degree.
Drama in pyjamas please let go of me.
As you may know, I am studying for a BA in Creative Writing. This is taking ages because I am doing it part-time (got to pace myself!)
Here is a photo of me pacing myself (not).
More poetry next week (if I haven’t deleted them)
Happy Wednesday, Samantha xx
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