THREE DAYS TO GO

THREE DAYS TO GO

 

As usual,

Three days to go and the tears fall

She stands alone in her sorrow

I stand alone in mine

 

This scented Autumn wind,

It never blows through the streets of Glasgow

The gentle twilight that warms the hills above Lochranza,

It fails to get past the well guarded borders of Pollok

 

Three days to go

Till our neighbour’s noise

At three in the morning

Seeps through the flimsy walls and enters our

Blood, our thoughts,

Our sweat stained sheets,

The dreams of a child

 

Our love has long since gone,

Dissolved in stress, exhaustion,

Misery

 

I hear myself plead with her,

“Three days to go. Enjoy what we have left”.

Her salty tears are joined by the cool drizzle of an Arran evening

 

Passers by enjoy the,

Drops of saffron paint that have been thrown across the sky

To illuminate the grey speckled clouds,

Hardly notice the two unhappy visitors

 

Somewhere in the woods, an owl shrieks.

Out there, a common seal darts between the dancing seaweed, deep in the dark sea.

One wave outreaches all the rest, trying to splash a child,

Who is, diligent in her task

 

The child sits on the rocky shore looking for gold

Examining each stone with care,

Gold is hard to see in the half-light.

The woman knows exactly how loud she can cry without the child noticing

The only clue she gives away is, the constant redness in her eyes

 

As a stranger

I watch her pain

My prayers can do nothing

My wishes can do nothing

My words can do nothing

 

Three days to go

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s