Discussing Maternity Leave

He sits behind his desk, hands folded across
his belly, frowning over his expensive specs.
His eyes, his shiny crown, his wedding ring.
Oh My God, I think. Is he visualising it? Me,
shagging? Does he think I’ve neglected work
for make-a-baby evenings with my partner?
He’s saying something about my objectives,
lips pursed to his coffee cup. New priorities.
H.R. lays biro flat on yellow paper, listening
to black cabs skirmishing on greasy streets. 



Lucy Heuschen is a London-born poet living in Germany. She founded The Rainbow Poems online community and appears in numerous journals and anthologies. Her debut pamphlet, We Wear The Crown, is available from Hedgehog Press or direct. Twitter @Rainbow_Poems.