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Runcible Spoon

heart logo Privacy Notice Mark Connors

They’re at it again

          after Philip Larkin

 

They’re at it again. I hear it all:

His vinegar strokes, her banshee howl;

Arrivals. I curse these piss poor walls,

This immediacy, common as vowels,

The overstated. I am rock hard

But too glum to sort my aching balls.

 

I refuse to take it lying down;

I plot my betrayal in the dark.

I’ll reverse my not getting any frown,

With this necessary evil, my new lark.

I have no desire for him to know:

We will. I’ll bump into her in town

 

When she’s out with work one night.

I’ll thrive on what we have in common,

Name drop authors, bands, suggest a bite

To eat. We’ll laugh about how stubborn

He is, how narrow. I love her. It’s not revenge

For these unwanted small hour hard ons.