Journey by Pat Edwards

in Latest/Poetry

I draw a blue-black line under my eyes,

trace it across the tattoo on my left arm.

I watch it slide down the veins of my leg,

to settle in a grey graffiti pool by my feet.

That’s quite some journey I say out loud,

so the man on the train looks up from

his screen and glares at me like a priest.

My thin mouth flashes a penance smile

back at him and he absolves me I think.

That’s quite some journey I say silently

so the man in my dream looks up from

his book and smiles at me like a friend.

My full mouth offers him a lover’s kiss

which surely changes something I think.

I draw a blue-black line under everything.