Purple Monochrome

 Inspired by Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Steam’ (taken from Love Poems).

By the clock,

Waiting unfolds:

This many minutes

To be counted and creased

A line of blank sheets,

Wanting your feet

To blot a path

To my door

Prints dark, blooming ellipsis;

I draw from the wells

Your form in charcoal

And will frame it, real


By lamp-light

When we are alone

Call the evening,

When she rolls out

Her soundtrack:

Purple monochrome

Of birds and cars

In your voice, one swift tone

There is thirty minutes to go,

The wait tautened

For the arrival,

The show;

Until then, I will

Balance, pen and hand

Sign my name away

On the dotted line




Amber R Walker, Hull, Creative Writer, Bookmaker, Lover of art

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