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6th Feb15

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Thelma at Indigo Dreams
Thelma at Second Light

poetry favourites:
Second Light
Poetry on the Lake
Dawn Treader


and in the shop…
collections –
“A Difference in Direction”
“A Persistence of Colour”
Indigo Dreams;
pamphlet –
“Chameleon Days”
(sold in aid of Lakota Link)
Feather Books;
anthologies –
“Images of Women”
Arrowhead Press in association with Second Light
Poetry on the Lake




Nocturne in blue

It was often like that
if he came in first and she followed,
not so bad the other way round
but on a Friday or Saturday night
not totally unexpected
I could hear his key in the lock
heard the shaking, bronchitic cough
so I knew it was him:
I ran half-way down the stairs
seeking my usual shivering place
where they couldn’t see me
in case it blew over
But that night it was loud;
her Auntie Elsie’s clock, a wedding present,
came sailing through the air, lay broken,
I raced out to intercept his flying fists –
my little sister just behind me –
two soldiers in blue pyjamas
in the crossfire of battle
In the morning at school desks
we re-lived the night
dipping our pens into deep wells of ink
seeing Mam’s moon-pale face,
the purple fingermarks at her throat.

Thelma Laycock

in collection, A Difference in Direction, 2015, Indigo Dreams,
ISBN 978-1-909357-61-7;
in anthology Her Wings of Glass, 2014, Second Light Publications,
ISBN 978-0-9927088-0-1