you catch her in the night
a pale moon
asking you her name in your sleep

your eyes wander and she pinches you
she cleanses old fires
no need for a past to speak of

she’s got some lipstick on her tooth
or is that your blood?
it’s 50/50

she’s got you well trained
in restraints
under lock and key

when she lets you out
the sun calls you bad words
hurts your eyes

a day
could last

not that table by the window, please
you order the same thing
before beating the badness out of it



Simon Alderwick is from Surrey and currently lives in West Wales. His work has recently appeared in Dust, Eye Flash, Green Ink, Quince and Near Window, among others. @SimonAlderwick