Paul Stephenson


You’ll be in the front room
at your computer,
surrounded by your family

of anglepoise lamps.
The novel will be making
steady progress.

I’ll be in the kitchen
with my laptop and radio,
editing some poem or other,

devoting an hour to
the question of a comma,
semi-colon, full stop.

Voices will drift up to me
from where you are.
My drama will drift down

the hallway to you.
There’ll be hot radiators
and rugs, curtains drawn.

We’ll both be home,
absorbed in our projects,
each working our way

through the bottle of red.
I’ll be alive. You’ll be alive.
It’ll be like old times.

Paul Stephenson has published three poetry pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016) and Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017). He co-curates Poetry in Aldeburgh (13-15 November 2020).