Monday, 6 October 2014

Absence of Remorse.

It’s always this way.
Carpets unlifted, dogs left sleeping,
stones unturned, the can of worms
hermetically sealed -  silence from the top shelf
down.  Open the door to dumb-town
where you have to eat your own tongue,
ruin and shame for dessert and you’re laughing
your head off in cheap cider and pilfered gin,
ring-a-ring-a-roses – we all fall down.
The once-upon-a-time heroes burn your eyes,
spread smiles like oil slicks,
throw jolly patronage like flowers,
unbutton dreams with dirty fingernails,
and oppress your days wearing unctuous faces,
their sullied sheets, as yet unwashed, piled high
among the hidden skeletons - the runaway train
about to poleaxe all the old buffers. Jeux sans frontieres –
but it’s you that’s skinned and shredded.
“I never touched her, your honour.
I
never
touched
her.”
The rosy-cheeks of make-believe,
the sweaty crotch of let’s-pretend
the expectant fingers, inch by inch,
and never a sorry,
never a rue the day,
never a never a never a tear.

©Lesley Quayle

Lesley Quayle is a poet and folk/blues singer. Her latest poetry collection is called “Sessions” (Indigo Dreams Press), a scrapbook of music, people and the landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales.
  

1 comment:

  1. More than heartfelt I sense, Lesley.
    A cousin and a friend of ours, both female, used to enter "beauty contests" in their teens and to both of them being "casually touched" (and not always by male judges) had to be endured if they were to avoid becoming known as "moaning bitches". "Favours for favours" had also somehow to be circumvented, though that is not to be interpreted as meaning any winners were open to successful propositioning.
    The poem is gruesome but effective.

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