As The Second Mrs. Crain


Written by Kevin Patrick McCann


Bustles smiling one hand on

Her swollen belly in what

Had been her Nursery,

Abigail crouches inside

A shadow as the second

Mrs. Crain steps out sensibly

Onto the landing (Nursery door

Slams shut behind her) she half

Turns her heel a lifting reflex

That doesn’t quite clear piano

Wire taut invisible ankle height,

Glimpses Abigail wave hears

Laughter feels her lungs emptying

As Abigail (wire snipped) runs

Down backstairs (balled in her palm)

Out into garden cold dew between

Her toes that tickles, she turns and

Turns (someone is screaming) and

Turns again until the grass falls up

To meet her, arms crossed, fingertips

Splayed at each shoulder the world’s

A dime spinning on its edge slowly

Wobbling until it clatters down heads…


Text © Kevin Patrick McCann




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