That number – Matthew Stewart

That number

I disembark
from any plane
or lock the door
in another hotel
or hug the bed
on getting home

and fingers reach
for that number
until they shrink
into a sudden fist
as if hoping
I won’t notice.


Matthew Stewart works in the Spanish wine trade and lives between Extremadura and West Sussex. Following two pamphlets with HappenStance Press, his first full collection, The Knives of Villalejo, is due out from Eyewear Books in June. He blogs at

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