I remember the hallway

the carpet faded wallpaper

all the rage

I hadn’t seen her in weeks

one of many disappearances

this one I was pleased with

then the phone rang in the hall

caught defenceless at hello

she was ringing to tell me

who of my acquaintances

she’d fucked

told my story to

how she’d twisted truths to her ends

to isolate me again

& I remember the hallway

that carpet faded wallpaper

grinding my teeth so tight

I chipped a front tooth

putting the phone down

feeling the pain of her again

hoping in the knowing

all of this would fade


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