Soak it All In
At night the herbs outside my window
are pummelled by rain. I wake infused,
nude on the bare bed. Morning comes
with basket of boiled eggs, still warm,
under a folded cloth. I crack one, lift its top.
What did I hope would be inside?
The waitress here pronounces plum, blam.
Go on, she says into my eyes, holding out
a palm-full of dusty blams.
Under the dripping fig tree I ask myself,
if this were an Agatha Christie novel, who
would be murdered? The answer displeases me.
There’s a brief sunny spell. I go for a walk
and pick red and orange poppies. Pocketless,
I carry them back in my knickers, along
with the feeling that I’ve experienced
the meadow incorrectly. Across the bay,
thunder rolls off a blue island
towards the hungover boat-man,
his pink shorts. A wet pine pushes
the hair off my face, needles my cheeks.
I’m so absorbent – fat drops of rain,
oregano, blam juice, the behaviours
of the other guests. Kissing in the rain
is romantic because it’s a ménage à trois.
I shiver as the clammy hands of a storm
and the rough hands of a retired banker
corner me on the terrace. Every stem
in the garden has its neck broken. There’s
a dead snake by the pool covered in ants.
These are terrible conditions for a woman.
Lucky it’s the year of the sponge!
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