Almanac Poetry: ‘Women Screaming Like Crows’ – Tommy Mallet

 

 

Women Screaming Like Crows

 

 

It’s around 3am.

Down on the street women scream like crows.

“WRAR! WRAR!”

 

Drunk, I pull the curtain to watch

boys and men

kicking each other around the mouth of a lane

that wants to both swallow and spit

them out.

Sweat, blood and alcohol

heave across its rim, this way, then that,

in working-class ballet.

 

I linger a while,

small-time barracking,

not giving a damn.

It will be repeated tomorrow,

and the night after

and has for all time.

 

Looking hard enough, I see myself down there,

once or twice.

 

If I squint, I can see the street

when it was dust,

and before that, bush,

wallabies fighting for turf.

 

“WRAR! WRAR!”

Soon enough the sound of crowing women

puts me to sleep.

 

 

 

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