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A weekend away


Mandy Mitchells - 2009-05-14

A winter weekend in a coastal hotel
Passing through the dancehalls of old
Their glossy floors slippery with rain
That has blown in through open doors
Unknown faces; couples that are
So obviously couples
And at dinner someone says
That there is something sad
About a one-man band
An allusion to disappointments
Later I watch a storm out at sea
And try to distance myself
From thoughts that refuse to connect
That have no place to settle
I am left with the fluorescence
Of the lightning over the sea
And the tiredness that lingers
With the longing for sleep