04:  SOME DISASSEMBLY REQUIRED


Their movements are resolute;
Intentions are shuddering. Reserved conversation
Collapses to sputtering.
They're not asleep but they seem to be sleepwalking still.
Yesterday's argument in their minds muttering
Some indefinable future
Is fluttering
                       It's like a butterfly:
Colourful, clumsy and small

Some disassembly is required
More necessary than desired
Pulling apart what has rusted together
And razing the house so it can be rewired

Their voices are steady, their spirits
Are stuttering: how can housecleaning
Seem to be so cluttering? There is a history
To every cup, candle and card

                                                        They're
On a rocking horse, flogging it
Mercilessly. Inching over the bedroom floor

The flame that sustained them is languidly guttering
Half-felt apologies quashed before uttering
Neither is right
And neither's entirely wrong

Some disassembly is required
More necessary than desired
Pulling apart what has rusted together
And razing the house
So it can be rewired