1 The constraints: 1) No more than
one hour. 2) No more than 20 lines.
The result ? Genius or Not.


31st August 2010

By Mark Brayley | 2010 August 31

I’ve done the pruning dear,
cutting death
from what remains
of summer.
I gave the ivy’s
beard a trim.
It had grown shaggy
(like my own)
and hung out,
over the neighbour’s fence.
I don’t.
They already think I’m antisocial
with my loud music
and gin trembled shouting
in the early hours.  

Do you remember when,
in the early hours,
they made sex noises?
You burned,
a flame of embarrassment, in your nylon nighty.

Gardening, Ghosts, Marriage, Alcohol, Memory, Death, Sex, Love

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