Day 27: Coffee


I can hear the announcements from the train station

from across the crumbling car park we live by.


The 10:58 to Manchester Airport will be departing

From platform 6, platform 6 for the 10:58

To Manchester Airport


An earlier train leaving without me, newspapers

Strewn over passenger seats

The metro facedown by their feet


Her voice slides like plum tomatoes

From a tin, to the pan of the platforms.


I wake, and distil myself into my white shirt

Sleek as latte foaming over cups

The day I split hot coffee on a customer

Its overfull glass tilting from the tray

And her rush to the bathrooms


My apologetic cup of ice sitting

On the side, unrustled.


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

Posted in NAPOWRIMO Becca, Poetry Scrawls

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The Stirred team at Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015
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