Will Vigar

A Writer of Sorts

Dynevor Road (1-4)

Sunday-Night-at-the-Palla-014.jpgdomestic vignettes from when i lived with my grandparents in the 1970’s

1.Brawn

Half a pig’s head

lies forgotten

having fallen

behind the electrolux

*

The rising damp

in the understair larder

hiding the sickly scent

of a brawn

*

never made

*

2. Teeth

*

Like Granny

in Red Riding Hood.

Teeth for all to see;

on the bedside table.

All rictus grin

and lacking bite.

*

I lived in fear

Of the goodnight kiss.

*

3. Bathtime

*

Sitting in front of the fire

in the parlour

in a tin bath

of second-hand

luke warm water

*

Watching Sunday Night

At the London Palladium

*

Granddad knocks

his pipe ash

Into the water.

*

Neither Norman Vaughan

Nor Jim Dale

Nor the Tiller Girls

Comment on this outrage.

 

4. Bladder

*

Five flights 

in total darkness

One light switch

from a ‘30s installation

at the bottom of the stairs

*

that spiral towards

the parlour and through

the dead locked door

to the outside toilet

*

I sit behind the door

with a foot high gap

breaking the ice

*

to be continued . . .

 

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