Siân is a poet and novelist who lives in East Sussex, UK. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies and her pamphlet Ovid's Echo is published by Paekakariki Press. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and is Poet in Residence for Ashdown Forest.
Listen to that irregular click, that out-breathing
unwinding wind; that widdershinning
teeth-catching snap. Press your ear to the almost
inaudible tick. Press your cheek to a cog. Feel it dip
chilly as brass. See windows flap open, hinges unscrew,
curtains dishevel their hems, floorboards flip dolls
into trunks with unlockable lids, and patches of sunlight
run down the walls. See in the fridge the cheese
re-curdling; knives and forks in the slow-turning
kitchen whipping to the Aga to smelt. And this sucking
thing at the letterbox is the past's mouth. It comes
with a tongue to lick oil off the mechanism.
This poem first appeared in Agenda: Dwelling Places.