K.V. Skene

And this is a Clock

counting the seconds to tomorrow
and tomorrow and tomorrow
should be hand-in- hand
and the back-home smell of wild
roses overtaking the runaway grasses
and sky-high hollyhocks
and the two of us make-believing,
not me forgiving you
holding each other up,
above
the wreak of prime-time and this
is how we promised to be. Not me
circling an antiseptic room
stinking of stress and sweat and sorrow
and takeaway coffee. Not me,
cursing a clock that blinks each second, minute,
hour, day and disappearing night away. This is
not me forgiving you
a death I don’t want to live through. This
is not me. Not
you.

K.V. Skene’s work has appeared in Canadian, U.K., U.S., Irish, Indian, Australian and Austrian magazines, most recently in Obsessed With Pipework, Envoi, Orbis, Cahoots and The High Window. Her latest chapbook, Under Aristotle Bridge, was published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press..

K.V. Skene’s work has appeared in Canadian, U.K., U.S., Irish, Indian, Australian and Austrian magazines, most recently in Obsessed With Pipework, Envoi, Orbis, Cahoots and The High Window. Her latest chapbook, Under Aristotle Bridge, was published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press..