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'Vulnerable'

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'Vulnerable'

"Vulnerable"

by Fran Lock

for Dominic Cummings

In the not quite kiltered moments
just before morning makes disorder
of the rec, I grind my teeth on you.
No Classic sweet alas. No hyacinths
here, private and wild. No wood. Or,
only the mongrel copse complete
with mottled pong of piss and dog,
between the railway track and off-
white hospital. Ruin is a word for
teeth round here. Or, for the cold,
congealing meat of suppers spoilt.
And where a dark ingress breathes
welcome-wet, the damp ground
waxes nettles, whispers threat in
broken glass and rusted wire. Air
alive with flies. But still, women
come with shining eyes to spread
a chequered blanket down
and name the errants of the hedge -
pigeon, finch, and tit, and sparra
- laughingly to children. And who
amongst them now has gran or job
or benefit or friend? Or car. Women
who fall between I can't afford to
work and the cost of not, measured
in evictions. There are those who
have no one. There are those who
have, whose escape extends no
further than their balcony, long
sleeves in summer so the bruises
don't show. There are no fucking
castles here. Cheap masks through
which a bilious argot strains.
There's a queue for the shops
an hour long; gym equipment
poking up through uncut grass
like spiky flowers. There's women,
pushing buggies, pushing swings,
thronging on this fickle dip of land
between dogend and dogshit,
making do. And you, eyes half
shut, and lousy with calculation,
cut a word from all our meaning
skin: vulnerable. I have other
words for you. But no. I prefer
the mother, holding a dog daisy
out to her child. On our scrap
of paradise, a buccaneer hope.

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Fran Lock

Fran Lock Ph.D. is a some-time dog whisperer, activist, and the author of seven poetry collections and numerous chapbooks, most recently 'Raptures and Captures', published by Culture Matters, the last in a trilogy of works with collage artist Steev Burgess. 

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