A Convenient Marriage – Lois E. Linkins

we sleep in separate beds,
to clear our clouded heads.
we keep our secrets wrapped
in gaudy signatures and glasses cracked
over organ flourishes.
we have rooms upon rooms,
some shortage of love
made up in statement wallpaper and bespoke furniture.

the sweeping staircase
holds centre place,
a marble decoy
feels as cold as the flesh
behind the welcome and the wine;
we keep our hands apart,
modern art
stands for wedding photos developed unseen,
money sadly spent
on a white pretence
that fill so many baby dreams;
tradition screams.

mais oui,
it seems that playground jests
have found their poorest manifest
in our little life of theatre.

mama, he thinks our homespun play
is swallowed like tequila,
he believes the empty nursery unnoticed,
sitting in his claw-foot bathtub
with a beard of bubbles,
oblivious to the pool of mockery
in which he is submerged;
mama, it would not take much!
oh, for some sweet humour with the help…
yes, i could be content.

 


 

[ Lois describes herself as a “confused english student,” though one quickly finds a polished, charming poet in her work. She has an elegant style that compliments her keen insight and whimsical sensibilities. It is a pleasure to present her work, and you can find more of it at Lois E. Linkins.]

Author: Sudden Denouement

A Global Literary Collective

32 thoughts on “A Convenient Marriage – Lois E. Linkins”

  1. Lois– your keen observant eye and incredible use of language always floors me. You paint masterfully with words in a way that is delicate and lovely while at the same time is fiercely intelligent and digs deep below the surface veneer. This is brilliant my friend.

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  2. Lois you are so bloody incredible. I love this piece and the empty menace your story carries behind it. Conventionally unconventional, this stanza just killed it for me!!
    mais oui,
    it seems that playground jests
    have found their poorest manifest
    in our little life of theatre.

    Brilliant. I am all up on the Sam-interview-Lois train!

    Like

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