Every-Now-and-Then It’s Good to Eat Popcorn in the Shadows

I have days when I think I
would have preferred living better

if it were a film
condensed into a couple of hours and any

mundane moments stuffed together
and sped up – think of flat clouds dispersing

into blue and a dolly shot
tracking fat, globular raindrops as they strike

windows and chase each other to obscurity-
the soundtrack is an acoustic guitar

strumming symbiotically
as the camera pans to shoot the interior

of a kitchen and zooms in to focus
on the dregs in yesterday’s unwashed glasses

lip prints clustered and still
climbing at their rims.

Jenny Middleton is a working mum and writes whenever she can amid the fun and chaos of family life. Her poetry is published in several printed anthologies, magazines and online poetry sites. Jenny lives in London with her husband, two children and two very lovely, crazy cats. You can read more of her poems at her website: https://www.jmiddletonpoems.com.

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