by Rachel Loden
1998, 28 pages
Winner of the 1998 Sapering
Hol Press Chapbook Competition.
Night with Philip Larkin"
with dweeby Philip in the shower:
"Aubade" taped up on pale blue tile;
I can hear him grumbling through the falling water.
Uncurling steam is scented
with a trace of bile,
And I'm as grateful as a thankless child can be.
Someone has been here in this night with me,
Someone whose bitterness, I want
Is even more impressive than my own.
Talking with Larkin on the
great white telephone
I let the night be washed out into day
it's safe enough to go lie down
And dream of my librarian, my bride.
he sits and watches in his dressing gown;
I know he won't be coming to my
For fumblings and words he simply can't get out.
That stuff was never
what it was about
When he would wake at four o'clock to piss
the curtains, let the moon go on
With all the things worth doing, and not
The things that others do instead of this.
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