a still minute's silence
was being observed .../
It is a valorised thing – according to Tesco’s stuck clock – it keeps all minutes at ten past each hour An upturned claw on top of the brewery’s brick chimney sits finger-ready to grab electrical strikes as charged forklift trucks whirl and rattle quick around that barrel-high yard to meet loading outs and unloading...
to these written words
and the breath it takes
to read my thoughts .../
Every brick was identical and took the same grip in the lift from left to right, from the old pile to the new pile, in the repetitive task that I undertook – to clear the driveway of the builders’ detritus. Each heave was unique in time but same as the last, with slight variations at...
I am measuring my life in Caroline’s greetings, the mortgage repayments, in slow sips of hot coffee, the stick-tapped steps, in unanswered emails, thrusts of my toothbrush, in the filing of VAT returns, the social media updates, in trips up the High Street, the ‘phone battery warnings, in the hours of lost sleep, and the distances...