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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