The Landing Window is Unspeakable
by Miriam Gamble
There’s a turn in the stairs beyond which,
in the darkness, you are terrified to go —
the realm of the creaking life which somehow carries on
when everyone is out cold and unable to witness it.
There’s a mind–made barrier at the door
of your parents’ room: their sleeping frightens you,
the heavy breath, the still, recumbent forms.
You’ve been ferried back from light–drenched places,
in coaches, the customary glare
of the mint–green bathroom trebled in intensity,
like it sucked in pigment while you were gone.
Then woken foxed by the dimensions of the house
you’ve lived your whole conscious life in.
The recurrent dream of a cat walking a wall,
a provisional touching your father’s hair.