My Mother’s Mug

            You broke my mug
Yesterday
            The one my mother bought me.
She gave it as a gift
                        A going-away present
And I pretended,
That every cup of tea I drank from it
                        She had made me

So when it slipped from your grip and
            Shattered
                        Fractal
                        Fractured
Against the slate-tile floor you insisted we buy
I shouted, screamed and swore
Until you backed away, arms upraised.

And when you were gone
I knelt down amid the broken pieces
Gathered them in my hands
                        All jagged edges cutting flesh.

The tile had been scratched,
            My thumb dragged in the groove,
And now I stand on it
                        My feet placed on the mark
My mother’s mug made
            Part of the house

Ellen Duncan is currently studying MA English at Cardiff Metropolitan University, having studied BA English and Creative Writing at the same university. She has had a short story published in the anthology The ‘C’ Word and regularly attends and reads at poetry and spoken word events.

This entry was posted in Poetry and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.