Coitus Interruptus

We’ve had our argument of thirty years
interrupted; and I’ve still not said everything.
Sitting across from me, at the kitchen table
messy with ashtrays and empty bottles, you’d say,
at 5 a.m. as I’d rise exhausted, ‘That’s right!
Walk out!’ and I’d usually sit down again,
held by your fierce eyes, and our love of storms.
And if I slept for a couple of hours,
in the guest-room with the door locked,
I’d be rushed out of sleep by you bursting in
shouting, ‘And another thing!...’

But now you’ve walked out on me;
and I haven’t said everything.

 


from Dear Shadows (Fal Publications, 2004) © D M Thomas 2004, used by permission of the author

Recordings

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1from The White Hotel

2Three Sisters - Poland 1941

3Reticent

4from Snapshots

5The Half-Rhyme

6Blackout

7Mona

8Regal

9The Puberty Tree

10Latin Class

11Lora

12Poetry and Striptease

13Blizzard Song

14Friday Evening

15For Doll Pentreath

16from Meditation on Lines from the Methodist Hymnal

17Fox

18Suitcases

19Ghost-House

20The Handkerchief or Ghost Tree.

21Coitus Interruptus

22Easter Reading

23Since You Came

24The Barbecue

25Dressing

26Penalty

27A Cornish Woman in Zurich

28Schrodinger’s Cat