Make Good Once More
He lays a cheek upon the finish,
slimmed eye slips over the undimpled divide,
a nod, gathering tools,
slinks back with pride
blemished family carvings,
He covers, makes good,
absorb anew echoes of love,
Come fresh dents, come cuts,
into its smoothness,
with words, fist and laughing fall.
Time will bring another
smoother to mask
tales left on this wall.
Perhaps a cheek will lie upon its finish,
judging eye make right once more,
untrap old stories, greet new ones,
close all windows, lock tight the door.
Catherine O’Neill had a play staged at Live Theatre; shortlisted by Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize; Northern Gravy ~ poetry; short stories on BBC Radio, HOLYFLEA!; monologue ‘Keep Granny’s Clock’ on YouTube; tweets and reviews for Word Factory, and Dishsoap Quarterly.