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Corstorphine, Midnight by Rob A Mackenzie

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Title: Corstorphine, Midnight
Author: Rob A Mackenzie
Number: 31/100
Allocated postcode: EH12

Corstorphine, Midnight

The charity shop cowers in the shadow of street
illumination. Underwood crawls by, drunk.
He drags a shopping bag he can’t remember
picking up. From within, embers of himself
engineer a slow release of smoke, burnt
offerings before the dull window display,
itself a foil for the vigil of neon alphabets,
and candle stubs on restaurant tables.

Underwood incinerates the litter bins
and bus shelters, triggers a Mexican wave
of security alarms, by automatic doors
dumps the bag, a gift for his ex-lover
who sleepwalks the supermarket aisles.
Their lengthening keeps her nightmares lit.