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


4. When you see him


When you see him

Your breath isn’t taken,

No it comes too quick,

Too abundant

Like he demands the oxygen

For himself.


His hands are clasped around a to go coffee cup,

A snowman partially hidden by fingers.

His eyes patrol

And waver

And trip.


The black cloud beats a drumbeat

Onto the desk,

Tail and tongue tapping

A tango.


His hand comes to rest upon the fur,

Clapping out a dance of his own.

The dog is his.

An Empress fitting for an Emperor.

When he sees you

Eyes meeting over coffee,

Hands savouring the warmth

Around fingerless fox gloves,

The crinkles in his cheeks


A small

And smoky



Your limbs aren’t halted,

Or frozen like the air outside.

They demand to move,

To go closer

To generate the heat that

Mother Nature denies. 


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