You Are Here

You are here, at the cusp of adulthood, the key is in your hand for 21C Autumn Lodge.
He is there, teetering on the edge of maturity in an adult body, a coffee in hand, a dog by his side and the world on his tongue.
For the love category of the Christmas Competition 2017


10. May it just be an hour or two?


May it just be an hour or two?

Where you can sink

Into a red,

Worn chair

Like a boat where the captain lied

And where the seas come to greet frightful eyes.


Then it comes too quickly,

The pages are devoured

Into the vestiges of your brain

And there’s a shy knock on the door.

His knock.

You remember now.


Excitement electrifies

And charges the ends of your hair

That you eagerly pat down with shy hands.


You let him in

And you realise how reckless this is,

How unlike the old you this is.

And two people become bonded

By metaphors and heart strings

In just that moment.


You let him in with a head tilted

Towards heart.

You lead him to sit round the meagre breakfast table

With a potted pick of heather;

The wildflowers of forests and winter.


You make coffee,

Making slightly less subtle


About coffee

And addictions

And tea.

You chat the life into the walls

And the ambiguity becomes you

And him

And the family of 21C.


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