The (very) end

Thanks. I've got another poem from my collection, Welcome back to the Country, published by Seren.

This is about relationships, UFOs and comeuppance!



The (very) end


Now, if a fabulous UFO

broad as a postcode

dropped from the clouds and hovered

so tower block and office block aerials

tickled the anti-clockwise rotation of its gun-metal underside,

I wouldn’t wake you.


I would close the windows

so the sharp, collective intake

of everyone in the world wouldn’t rouse you

from your puffy sleep.


I’d unplug the phone so ex-friends and family,

inspired to give you the benefit of the doubt,

couldn’t let you know the news.


And I’d get dressed in the other room,

brass teeth clicking as I slowly zipped up.

I’d spread my weight on the stairs

and pull the door softly closed,

stepping out in socked feet

into the pink, humming glow of a second chance


leaving you, mouth wide like a dead rodent,

chocolate flecks and pasty crumbs

caught on stubble.


Between each snore

the whole of humanity

zooms a further thousand light years away from you.

This is our reward.

◄ Rivalry

Gourds ►


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 12th Feb 2012 14:29

I really like it, Graham. Super diction for unusual ideas and their innovative imagery. I infer that the writer could be either sex, even with the reference to 'stubble', which could go either way too.

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Tue 7th Feb 2012 22:06

How funny - how unusual :) I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of you...

I love the way you describe going downstairs. That's exactly what I do when I'm up before the kids - the lack of squeaking guarantees me an extra 10 minutes :)

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Graham Clifford

Tue 7th Feb 2012 19:47

Thanks Stella and Anthony.
Looking forward to reading some of your work

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Mon 6th Feb 2012 20:09

oo indeed! Brill! :)

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Anthony Emmerson

Mon 6th Feb 2012 19:35

You have a suspiciously cruel wit sir! Another killer last line. Much enjoyed.


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