She turns her wedding ring
counter-clockwise –
as if she’s trying to
unscrew her life

her husband – tutting
at the headlines
pages turning one
by one with purpose
as he sits in his
favourite chair

children, two, playing
outside in the sun – inside
vegetables boil over
coffee cup half-drunk
old songs on a radio
– a life in miniature
slow death

on her blank painted face
the veneer of a smile.

R. J. Davey is a writer based in Nottingham in the UK. His poetry deals with observations and metaphysical, philosophical and poetic examinations of the everyday world, memory and the self. He has been writing for 13 years and developing his style steadily.

He has been published in Peeking Cat Poetry, on Dead Beats and Inwood Indiana’s ‘Unwanted Visitors’. He has also had pieces accepted for the Spring 2019 issue of The Stray Branch. His collection of poetry The Road is available on Amazon in paperback form.

His poetry can be found online at

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