Twenty five years on
from the first heartskip

how many homes?
Three children later

she still lives for Saturdays
when the debts slideaway

and the meter in the hall
quits rattling its pockets

like laughter was gin
drowning in her skirts

in Wishaway Street
dreams are for weekends

when the kids’ dinnermoney
is chewed up by the teeth

of a shiny vaudevillain
who feasts on the fallen

winking in the corner
that all will be fine

as her coins hit the bottom
of its deep dark mine.


Harry Gallagher is a North East poet whose latest collection ‘Northern Lights’ is out now from Stairwell Books.  He has been widely published in the UK and abroad.

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