When all the children left – Michelle Diaz

When all the children left

it was a hungry house.

In its stomach, a mother,
with red eyes and a bottle.

Once it was a full house,
a Woman who Lived in a Shoe house,
sides achy with shrieks and guffaws.

Then it became a sad house,
A Mum lies dead on the sofa house.

And all the King’s horses
and all the starched policemen

could not find words
to break it to the children.


Michelle Diaz has been published in many magazines, both in print and online, including Prole, Strix, Picaroon, Amaryllis and Here Comes Everyone. She lives in the wonderfully whacky town of Glastonbury. Without poetry her soul would be very hungry.