Hiding a Line
I’m hiding a line in a poem,
a line about the hour’s careful benediction,
the rain’s soft benevolent voice bouncing between the houses.
The beef is taking care of itself slowly on the stove
while I hide a line about the garlic stigma of my fingers,
the way it announces itself each time I lift the wine.
And I know the night that wants my death
is falling through the universe, brimming with its grief,
engorged with the ordinariness of grief,
but I’m hiding a line in a poem,
hiding, like some simple animal about to leap
effortlessly out of reach.
Joel Scarfe’s poems have been featured in Ambit, Rialto, Times Literary Supplement, London Magazine, and many other UK-based publications. He lives with the artist Rebecca Edelmann and their two children.