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18th November 2010

By Mark Brayley | 2010 November 18

The landlady came in
and threw down twenty Marlboro Lights
on the table in front of me.  
She knew I had no money
but she said I could pay her back
later.  

I sparked up fags instead of conversation
but the smoke stuck
fast in my throat –
hot sand from her tight fist –
until I choked, with her watching.  

We both knew
what were coming:
stained distain
and beaten.
Bought.  

I hated the way she
licked her lips
like she did last month
when I were late with the rent.

Acceptance, Resentment, Cigarettes, Sex

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