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21 Jan 2014

Flat 3C - 10 Things That Maria Hears Before Closing Down The Launderette


1. The sorry pathetic clunk
from the blundering mechanism
of the third machine on the left.

2. The contents of a coin bag:
dispersing an armada of coppers across the lino,
like frantic bodies running from a fire.

3. A snippet of scandal:
eagerly escaping the cool chapped lips
of a school girl sauntering past.

4. The wrath and the fury of a malevolent Mister Harris:
clutching his shrunken and once beloved trousers;
demanding only hell and earth as worthy compensation.

5. The sorry pathetic clunk
from the blundering mechanism
of the third machine on the left.

6. The contents of a shopping list:
tackling the inconvenience of a fortnight in the sun,
and delivered with a drone more honed for Barnsley than Barbados.

7. Fists fly as tempers flare;
a fight outside the chip shop.
The damning direct consequence of whispered school girl scandal.

8. Agonising over which grandchild's birthday to exclude,
during the methodical selection of seven separate numbers,
Sheila has her sights set firmly on the Thunderball.

9. The sorry pathetic clunk
from the blundering mechanism
of the third machine on the left.

10. The symphony of silence at five fifty-nine,
as the key finishes turning in the door:
for now, at least, fifteen hours of freedom.

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