Peeping Tom – by Gareth Writer-Davies

 

this bath is six feet long and two feet wide
like an enamel coffin

the chrome shines
as the mixer splashes in hot and cold

it was bold
to leave the window un-blind

and there is no harm
in making, a small exhibition of oneself by candlelight

we are alone
amongst God’s acres, wrinkled from water

passing the supple soap
tempted to be the death of one another

we look out
to the dark beyond the window

wrap ourselves
in the faded knap of towels, that have known other bodies

names, dates
that etched upon panes, are what we see through, when seen by others

we are alone
but clothed in darkness amongst the broken frame of old lovers

not unseen we are not un-seen
and not unknown to each other

 

 

Gareth Writer-Davies – Commended in the Prole Laureate Competition, the Welsh Poetry Competition and the Sherborne Open Poetry Competition (2015).

Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Erbacce Prize (2014).

His pamphlet “Bodies”, was published in 2015  through Indigo Dreams and his next pamphlet “Cry Baby” will be published in 2017. 

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