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Tessa B Berring

Tessa Berring's pamphlet 'Cut Glass and No Flowers' was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2017.



'Suck'


said the purple concrete

which is not true


The concrete was silent,

the concrete was grey


the concrete was not covered

in little gap-tooth violets


(who said it was, eh?)


There was no fresh breeze

there was something wet on my lap


(It was a Tuesday)


Things got ripped


My hat was blue corduroy


There was an apple core

and a colourless shoe


washed up at the shoreline


*


I feel as if I am praying (again)


Yesterday someone said

'don't be so damn solemn!'


'Dear God!', they said,

'it's all a show, remember'


There was an office chair

- an orange one


some jolly music on the radio


There could have been flowers

(foxgloves?)


There were pale blue cotton buds

stains on a surface


outdoor cows

who knew nothing at all.


Film


I've forgotten the whole story


about the hair that the man


could not locate

on his tongue


How I could not bear to watch


his parted lips

his searching finger and thumb


How the camera lens

stayed glued


around his mouth


for more than four minutes


and not to the figure

of the woman on the ground


with the dropped margarine

in the brown-yellow light


Nobody saw her get up

and walk away


Did anyone see her get up

and walk away?




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