The Peonies

Away With Words, 2018

My poem, The Peonies, was featured in Away With Words: volume 2  and performed at the launch party at DIY Space for London.

The Peonies

When he next made love to his wife

He noticed a new tattoo

Spidering its way across her ribs

 

Peonies now bloomed

Where before had been

A well-known map of freckles and pores and scars

His wife, his territory

Turned from home to an unknowable landscape

In the time it takes for a stranger to brand you for life

 

‘Why didn’t you tell me?’ He asked

 

She smiled like an angler fish

And continued to rock backwards and forwards on top of him

A bobbing ship

On top of the ocean that had opened up between them

 

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Please contact me at: jenny.novitzky@gmail.com

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