I grow lighter for you
with each striptease
from skin to skin leaving
a glimmering bulb
a milk light by your bed
for you to undress by
or find your way to the loo.
I remind you of your births
with this universal belly
its faint meridians stretched
drum tight and kicking
without howls or rips
offering only the stillness
learned from warm earth.
Put me on your dresser
I will be your hope grenade
pinless among magic sticks
and brittle bottled miracles
reminding you to forget  
the drip of years and live
each day like it was your first.

Mark Fiddes was a Runner-up of this year’s Bridport Prize and recently won 1st prize in Ireland’s International Dromineer Festival. His first pamphlet “The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre” was published by Templar this March and shortlisted in the UK Saboteur Awards. It was also poetry book choice of the month at Lovereading.co.uk. A full collection will be published by Templar. He lives in Wandsworth and works in Soho.

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