The Bookmark Marks
The bookmark marks… an event, a place or space, a pause, a meditation, a moment of
resignation, an arrival, departure, necessary ablutions, a thought afterthought, peace,
unease, looking up and understanding, procrastination, weariness, action, loss, the
tyranny of time, a return, an interlude, a tea-break, a bereavement of sorts, shut-eye,
down-time, routine, memory, daydreams, a sneeze, and another, and another… you
could feel it coming on.
An opening, a window without glass.
Peer through, remain unseen…..
A silver-haired cowboy speaks
To a younger dark-haired cowboy
About a problem with a cow.
Remember the way that clouds should feel.
Now a woman has joined the cowboys.
Raven-haired, tiny waist, low cut dress, red lips.
She argues with the younger man, gesticulates wildly.
He slaps her face.
The older silver-haired cowboy
(he is wearing a peach coloured shirt)
Grabs the dark-haired cowboy (smirking now)
And throws him to the ground.
Lay low for a while.
All is dark now in the room beyond.
The silver-haired cowboy sighs in his sleep.
The dark-haired cowboy – where is he?
The beautiful woman –
What shape is the bruise on her cheek?
A mouse moves
From under the cupboard on the right hand side of the room
To the table at the centre.
There are delicacies to be found.
No-one felt like sweeping.