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No Exit

December 7, 2014

‘No Exit’ is the final poem in the first section of my new collection. I hope you enjoy it.

An echo of footsteps
betrays each tread
as dust motes spiral
like a cloud of midges
in the musty air.

On the top stair
torchlight reveals
a tumble of boxes
matted with cobwebs
and mouse droppings.

Floorboards bend and bow
as I press a path
through the spill of
clothes, shoes, bags,
records and books.

A strip of wallpaper
peals from the wall,
like the bark of a birch,
failing to conceal
a forgotten door.

I fit the last key
into the lock,
turn the knob,
knock ‘rat a tat tat’


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