Clockwork

Shadows come to power - night
settles in. An absence of light
defied by streetlamps and signage.

The window is closed, every sound
silenced by the soft-edged stench
of bleach, mopped floors and sterile sheets.

Then, in her sleep, she turns. He unlocks
his fingers from hers. Moves to pull
the curtains. He wants to press his face

against the glass, feel a cold shock
blaze across his cheek, watch his breath
mist and spread, some important part of him,

visible in front of the world. Outside,
there's still the clockwork of taillights,
and above, travelling inexorably,

the hulking forms of clouds,
the blind weight of all that air.


‘Clockwork’, from Communion (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2006), © Jacob Sam-La Rose 2006, used by permission of the author.

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1My Mother’s Guitar

2Bacchanal

3After Lazerdrome: McDonalds, Peckham Rye

4Communion

5A Spell for Forgetting a Father

6The Hours

7Gravity

8Again

9Air

10Blacktop Universe

11Plummeting

12How to be a Basketball

13Dumb

14Driving Home in Reverse

15How to be Gravity

16How to be Urban

17The Star

18Clockwork

19An Ordinary Prayer

20Sacrament

21Faith

22Speechless 1950

23The Wolves

24A Portrait of Love as Gravity

25Bone

26Seconds

27How They Arrive

28The Edits

29Flush

31Ymir

32Song for a Spent 100W Bulb

33The Difficulty and the Beauty

34A Life in Dreams

30Lightning

Books by Jacob Sam-La Rose