a view from a car park #1 – The House


The House


This girl I see, she is weaving through the nave,

Punching her passage against the turnstiles

And kicking up faceted coal-dust

As bottles drag about her ankles, chiming out

A melody on the dusk-specked kerb.

Her neck looks stiffened, thrown back and held

In rapture, euphoric bracing on her shoulders,

More bones that crunch together – mechanised

Elbow joints that throw another measure down

This gullet now throbbing full of song.

A tuneless hymn, the Lord’s Prayer bounces of the windows

And throws my eyes to meet the gravel.

What attention burglary is this?

“Our father, who art in heaven” and all the rest

Echoes around the old walls, as dry and dusted

As any out in the sticks.

They’re falling from the shop front now –

Pockets dripping with strange incenses,

Begging for deliverance, some small bread, some change

As nylon flashes and tears on kneel-worn legs.

Staring now, I cannot help but pick up the tune

“For Thyne is the kingdom, the power and glory

Forever and ever, Amen’.

I too am picked up by the wave, and am dropped into another bar

Where forgetfulness is granted, where sins are washed

Down gaping throats.

The congregation is voided from the door, the guardian

Wishes us luck, for a penny. And pissed, we chant

Some holy names, and laugh with absolution,

Cross ourselves against subway tiles

And think on oblivion before

Waking up in agonies, and a will to keep the Sabbath pure.

About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

One response to “a view from a car park #1 – The House

  • thebeardedlady

    Visceral. Intense. I like the first line very much and I like the violence and desire in _this gullet throbbing full of song_.

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