A Double by Paul Brookes

Paul Brookes is a shop asst. Lives in a cat house full of teddy bears. His chapbooks are The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley, (Dearne Community Arts, 1993). The Headpoke and Firewedding (Alien Buddha Press, 2017), A World Where and She Needs That Edge (Nixes Mate Press, 2017, 2018) The Spermbot Blues (OpPRESS, 2017), Forthcoming Stubborn Sod, illustrated by Marcel Herms (Alien Buddha Press).

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A Double

for a single price,
down Dole Lane

Room no. 3
says the bronze key,

red blanketed expanse of bed,
The bathroom says:

Live every moment,
Laugh evety day,

Love beyond words
to only me,

Red roses, lilies, pot pourri
speak cliché passion.

Clean white sheets, two teacups
two wine glasses upturned,

untouched, unstained.
Three mirrors show

my companion. I stain
one tea cup, crease the sheets.

shave, shower and dress,
spray anti perspirant,

Only one night here.
A double for a single price.

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