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The Neglect

It began as she started glancing
at another man’s dark lashes.
As she noticed languid slow-clover lips,
new pallid yarrow hands, narrow hips,
shrunken as a defeated moon sliding down the sky.
She wanted to kiss him.
 
In that darkness her husband stopped
watering the garden.
He let Bramble and Black Bryony stretch,
let Dog-weed choke.
He stuck firm to his chair, kept watching the news.
 
It was when tumble-weed blew
through the living-room, as the windows blasted open,
that she stared, accusing him
from the garden.
Becoming gigantic, he spat fury
at the television, at the pale man
who pointed his little Bird-weed fingers at graphs,
predicting floods and tidal waves;
I told you this would happen.
 

Jessica Mookherjee

published in The Lampeter Review, Issue 13, 2015;
in collection The Swell, 2016, Telltale Press,
ISBN 978-0-9928555-4-3