The Room – Jennifer Chrystie

 

At the centre of her house

is a small dark room

 

with no windows

but many doors

 

Whoever enters by one door

exits by another

 

to a place where

            mildewed curtains flap

            against blackened pipes

 

and waves threaten to swamp

everything soft and dry

 

to a hearth where

            sparks scorch the carpet and silence

            drives warmth up the chimney

 

to a sunlit hall

            where voices ricochet voices

            rubbed raw as skin against leather

 

At the centre of her heart

a small dark room

 

Copyright Jennifer Chrystie 2013

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