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


20th January 2011

By Melissa Lee-Houghton | 2011 January 20

Rabbits chasing each other on the outward path
where his car battles on to the car park
to be the second man to hold me.

I always imagined that day to be night
and that he’d crunched the rabbits under his tyres
and that he nearly dropped me

I imagine the sky was swollen and bruised
and that a cloud had descended onto the roof
and when he got to my mother she thought

why him why him why him come to get us,
in his leather jacket stinking of pipe smoke,
collar turned up and he drove us home,

and my dad was down the pub celebrating
and just as we turned the key in the lock 
he had a feeling woke him up,

he saw into the future he saw more babies
and he returned to his pint, shook up. 
and granddad, yellow hair and cosmologically

doomed, he kissed me hard on the forehead
and he told me he would never leave me alone

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