Konstandinos Mahoney, Greek-English-Irish London poet, won publication of his collection Tutti Frutti (SPM) in the Sentinel Publication Poetry Book Competition and is winner of the Poetry Society’s 2017 Stanza Competition. He teaches Creative Writing at Hong Kong University, blogs for the Asian Literary Review, and is rep for Barnes and Chiswick Stanza.
Gum stuck like a boil between thin-pencilled brows,
she nods, blows smoke, as mum unlocks the symbols
in her coffee grounds – a different future every seven days.
One wet weekend we go to hers, a council flat
just off the Lillie Road. She shows us treasures:
letter from an admiral penned in the margins
of a menu, thanking her for services rendered;
monochrome photographs in silver frames –
her and Uncle Bill by the Parthenon;
snapshot of their handsome son,
(breastfed till the age of nine);
her on a beach, in skimpy bikini
with stocky youth in bulging briefs.
Home from school, mum still at work,
she rings the bell. To pass the time, suggests
a game of hypnotism. My eyes fix on her swinging
crucifix, ignore her spilling breasts, the sticky wetness
on my tight-clenched knees.
Mum’s silver spoons start disappearing.
She’s stuffing them down her drawers, dad says.
In her defence, I say, She doesn’t wear any.
Aunt Aphrodite is written by Konstandinos Mahoney from the book Tutti Frutti (SPM Publication, 2018)