From “Fifty Sonnets”

IX

I don’t know what you want from me. We talk
about a lot of things, but never that.
And if I asked, I’d break the tacit rules
of this as-modern-as-they-come-affair –
this marvellous, no-strings, no-rules affair;
this minefield of exact, unwritten rules
surrounded by barbed wire of silence. That
is something of a pity, since we talk
about a lot of things, but I don’t know –
and maybe never will, since if I asked
I’d break the tacit rules – quite what you want
from me – and minefields (modern ones) with no
strings (just barbed wire) we cross with care, unasked
questions buried, like so much we want.

– Eleanor Brown

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About handshedown

Keighley Perkins is a Cardiff-based poet whose influences include Anis Mojgani, Selima Hill and Richard Brautigan. Her work has previously been published in "Acumen", "Elbow Room", "Erbacce", "Fire", "Northwind" and "Obsessed with Pipework". She can also be found online on Twitter at @handshedown. View all posts by handshedown

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