Words: Last Lunch Break for a While


Wet leaves slide me into Stockbridge
and your gloved hand, which you withdraw
when the ground resumes its grip.
You tell me your cobblestones:
the beauty of well-run meetings
and your life laid out ahead of you,
the toe-width cracks you trip on
trying to make it all happen.


This place is so pretty it’s embarrassing,
big roundabout eyes
and cheekbone clocktowers.
Next to your peacoat and quiff
I pretend to belong.


We sit in a sandwich shop
where the loo quotes A A Milne
and E E Cummings,
instructions for being in love.
Eating my dressed-up sausage roll
I think about what we each carry,
how you massage your arms
when we talk.

I don’t finish the roll.
I’m too full of frayed wires
and you’re needed elsewhere.
I walk you back,
making fists in my pockets.


By Allie Kerper

This was first published in the October 2020 issue of SNACK magazine. You can read the full magazine below on your smartphone, tablet, or pc.

You May Also Like

Biffy Clyro announce Glasgow Bellahouston Park gig

As a youngster growing up in the south side of Glasgow, we had plenty ...

Keeping spoken word alive. Part 2: Sonnet Youth

Over the past few years, the Scottish poetry and spoken word scene has grown ...

TORNADO CRUSH

TORNADO CRUSH Getting over you Was a shirt being tucked back in Was coffee ...

words

PORT EDGAR, MAY (AFTER)

PORT EDGAR, MAY (AFTER) canny see the banks anymore the firth’s havin a tantrum ...

I Grew Up Here

On school led nature trailswe broke away and hidin amongst trees and all of ...

snack visual arts

THE SOLSGIRTH SNAKE

The huge metal clasp that held my father’s pit bag jumble, a mesh string ...

Crossing the bridge words SNACK

Short Story – Crossing the bridge

12:00 ‘Alright, time’s up. Pens down!’ 12:01 The empty tick-tock of the clock is ...

Keeping spoken word alive. Part 1: Speculative Books

Over the past few years, the Scottish poetry and spoken word scene has grown ...

Get SNACK in your inbox.