The Blood House

The Blood House

The stairs creak voices – ketamine thuds bleed through
a single skin of brick; floorboards leak every secret.

The clock reverses – intermittent Gabba – radar moon. Cats scream,
I scream, howl my longings into cotton sheets. I scratch at the floor,

draw words in the mist of breath on pane; look through letters
lit orange by the light of the city night, at my beloved street below.

Bodies crawl, fumbling for keys – staring into shadows.
My hand-printed curtains float, lifting up as the city’s sweat billows into my room.

The shouts of children climb through my windows like burglars,
angry mother ’ s scream and drag them back out.

This house breathes for me – joists splintering with love,
the beat of slamming doors hides the sound of the past

that is buried alive in the red brick cellar below.

 

Sarer Scotthorne
illustration Nick Victor


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One Response to The Blood House

  1. Paul says:

    Great poem and pic

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