THE HOUSE THAT WANTED TO BE A BOAT
The cottage slips a little each day,
closer to the cliff, we picture it as a boat,
drifting off in one piece as we carry
out spoons, china cups, and stand back.
It should leap into the sea, skinny dip
like a woman realising she can dive.
Yet it slides slowly, glacial, pools
of one man’s fingertips in the gloss
of skirting boards hold it back, strands
of his hair fasten floorboards that keen
for our losses. Mother’s face is a gable,
a peel of wallpaper still hanging on, plaster
ducks on the wall winging it, pointing
out all this sky. There is nothing to do
but stare as the roof tips its hat, and bricks
buckle up for that slide into ocean, free-fall.
'The House That Wanted To Be A Boat' was published in Popshot's 12th issue, The Time Issue, which has now sold out. To ensure that you never miss a future issue of the print magazine, subscribe from just £10 a year.