Rendering intimacy impossible, deploy lifeboats (mark
yourself safe). Not listening as such, more waiting to
speak, above all mark yourself, it’s so important to be
safe. Carry on, they demand, we’re not reeling / we are
reeling. Is this the place for a fountain reference?
Probably. ‘What first attracted you to your wife, sir?’
‘Her delicacy / her ankles / her hatred of the Tories.’
Alive twice over but that’s a whole life gone too
you know I’m sorry, he holds his hands up, I’m
sorry, he backs away: my conscience couldn’t
keep company with your body I say, your body?
it just made me think: it’s only a nine month stay.
The next time you lay a hand on me, I’ll make a
perfect gleaming dive into the Thames. Aren’t you
glad / to be here? I am.