Kat Meads

Miss Jane Repurposes

 

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You drink a bit and watch the ghosts.9
Like fog they saturate the door
Waiting for the sea to roll on.10 (What matters most?)

An hour in and still they seem—not awful. Almost
Benign. Incurious. Only the sea puts up a roar.
You drink a bit and watch the ghosts.

Then it starts: "Miss Jane! Wintertime? Coast—
Line? Ain't this season/setting startin' to bore?"
Waiting for the sea to roll on. (What matters most?)

Between Miss Jane and water stand porch posts
The size of trees. But were they there before?
You drink a bit and watch the ghosts.

Bored with Miss Jane, her company boasts
Of where they'd be if not for—
Waiting for the sea to roll on. (What matters most?)

"Flesh and blood, what I'd fix? Plate of buttered toast."
Never alone, Miss Jane. Even at the wintry shore.
You drink a bit and watch the ghosts
Waiting for the sea to roll on. (What matters most?)

 

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    9 Jean Rhys
    10 Katherine Mansfield