Carer Complex Sometimes I want my existence to have no impact, but my bedroom door creak-squeaks every time I open it. How much support is right? Is enough? Is never enough? The sun does not discriminate in its light-giving, yet some of us can’t receive it; & every day the withering flat fills with cigarette smoke as the sun blazes outside. How much of an open window can I be to air it out for you to breathe? Is the trick of this life to hold the black tar of it in cupped hands and shout “Sticky!” with full-throated welcome? Ironically, I’m stuck pretending my hands are still smooth as it thickens, now pooling at my feet. How long before my knees are muddied too?
David Hanlon is a Welsh poet living in Cardiff. He is a Best of the Net nominee. You can find his work online in over 50 magazines, including Rust & Moth, Icefloe Press & Amethyst Review His first chapbook Spectrum of Flight is available for purchase now at Animal Heart Press. You can follow him on twitter @davidhanlon13 and Instagram @welshpoetd