Thursday, 22 December 2011

The World Turned Upside Down

She said when things get tough,
it’s our habit to just batten down
the hatches and get on with it.

This time, she said, we have
to do things differently.
Tell the world what we’re going through.

I told a friend.
He said well,
that turns everything upside down.

All morning, the heat wave continued.
She left the house for a job interview of all things.
It felt like a crime, but I stayed inside
and watched a film with another
friend who’d come to stay.

Monday morning
summer in October
time movie.
Shut indoors, away
from the precious sun.

Outside, the working day world was getting well underway.
A telecom man parked his van in the drive.
I could hear the neighbour’s bell ringing.
Then the phone rang and a voice
said I’ve got some good news for you.

The bell rang again, longer this time.
Nothing doing.

The engineer walked back to his van.
He looked very grey in the sun.

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