My name has only one s

C5

 

 

 

My name has only one s

though it is often spelt with two

often I’m confused

 

am I this other man

that coughs up dandelions?

does he stand in the doorway drinking my cider?

 

I have often thought of Charlie Bayliss

the way a screw twists from a wall

he has rarely thought of me (I suppose)

 

“Charlie Baylis…” he says,

“your name is limited to one s

I hold the upper hand here

with my two – I am twice the s you are”

 

I search for him, ‘Mr Charlie Bayliss’, in long swimming lanes and meanders of country roads

his presence on google outweighs my presence on google

he is as real as a fountain pen or a burning car, a champagne bottle pops

his black limousine zooms past as I lie face down in the gutter

he tosses a coin my way, “there you are Charlie Baylis, I hope you recover,

you poor fool.”

 

In the morning I feel better. Or at least I hope to.

 

 

 

Charlie Baylis
Montage: Claire Palmer

 


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One Response to My name has only one s

  1. Pippa says:

    Such tender pathos . Moving and beautiful . Really loved this .

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