NaPoWriMo #10

Prompt: an unlove poem


There’s love there

Like a stone in the shoe

Rubbing toes to

Welting point,

Or one patch of sunburn

under my bra strap,

A vinegar paper cut,

A river of sweat, sand and sun cream





You complete my day

like government cutting benefits

for my own welfare,

A politician puffing & stammering,

Inky papers, staining fingers

A lie, smirk, lie, repeat…


I’m sure of you

Like Delhi belly or Dengue Fever,

Like a poem that rhymes unintentionally,

or a cliff-hanger that won’t download,

Light bulbs growing dimmer

when there’s work to be done,

A song on repeat

earworming inappropriately

during staff meetings,

during ice showers

and dripping taps,

A tangle of covers

kicked off

in the depths of snow,

a busted fuse, or leaking window panes,

A car alarm wailing

in the fury of night,

A sat nav hollering directions

With nowhere to go.


You are the everything

The salt in coffee,

Three pennies short of the fare,

The Marmite, the inkless pen

A hacking cough,

Flat tires, cracked nails

And crack heads,

pins and needles and

a long walk ahead.


You are everything

A collection of hats,

dusty logos

A shred of cigarette papers

and ashy pipes,

Geek cards and fast cars,

Beer spilled circles

(last week sticky, this week heralding new life)

Staircases and mountains

and roads to mischief

paved with destruction

You are everything.

3 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo #10

  1. aislingdoherty April 10, 2013 / 8:45 pm

    Aw thank you!

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