Sandra Hill

Careering

Petrol fumes permeate
– petrol and 
the bad, bad smell of forgotten crayfish
illegally caught and stowed.
Green as weed, her name is Torpid
slow and sluggish,
not a hybrid of Tor and
stupid as her ex boyfriend resentfully thought.
It was hers
all hers
temperamental brakes, rust on the bonnet,
loose connections, freedom.
Careering along De Waal Drive
she forgot to look.

She forgot to look.
Careering along De Waal Drive,
loose connections, freedom
temperamental brakes, rust on the bonnet
all hers.
It was hers.
Stupid, her ex boyfriend resentfully thought
not a hybrid with Tor
but slow and sluggish
green as weed, her name is Torpid.
Illegally caught and stowed
the bad, bad smell of forgotten crayfish
and petrol
– petrol fumes permeate.

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