The room next door

In the room next door
life goes backwards. The child
is mother to the woman.

Soon she will release
all she unknowing knew –
whether it is Wednesday,

how to eat, what it feels like
to control her bodily functions,
will forget when the milkman

came with horse and cart, relive
the war, wondering why, and
whether there was peace

before. Long since
she forgot the labels
they pin on her

in the room next door.
Soon she will be
ready for the birth canal,

move beyond the demented.

Aziz Dixon draws on English Pennine and Welsh landscapes and life experiences. He has been published in Pennine Ink and online with Irwell Inkwell and Algebra Of Owls. He launched his latest collection, Poet Emerging, with a reading at the Burnley Literary Festival 2016 and on Radio Lancashire.

He has recently published in Grapevine (Lampeter), The MOON, Panoply, Perspectives Magazine (Ontario), Strix, The Fat Damsel, The Curlew, and Light. Aziz recently read at the RS Thomas Literary Festival, Eglwysfach, in September 2017, and at the Burnley Literary Festival in October 2017. His work featured in Best of Bolton, November 2017.

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