Valentine’s Day

 We pushed two single beds together
 and you wrote on the photo that I had died
 of alcohol poisoning
 a beer clutched to my chest or
 a broken heart
 as shards of glass poked through my dress.
 Now I sleep sideways
 on other people's sofas and other people
 keep hold of my internal organs - what's left - and despite everything
 I still hold my breath when I cross
 the road looking both ways first.

 I remember the field covered in a thick layer of fog
 as we stood contemplating
 where was best to love each other and I remember
 after we'd ran across an entirely different field
 you left me there and I froze to death  
 and then we didn't.
 Always a coward with front doors and hellos
 I threw tiny stones at your window
 perhaps because you can't ask someone to leave by the window. 
 They just fall.
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One thought on “Valentine’s Day

  1. This poem and your poems in general have this quality of ‘raw thought. I really like reading them. This Valentine’s poem for some reason reminded of the film ‘Lost in Translation.’ Hope all is well. x

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