Domestic Lawnmower Maintenance by Charlotte De’Ath

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Sharpening Camomile For Blade Goodbyes

my bruise has all the colours of

autumn (fall)

i fell

i told the police officer

the colours are pretty

purple and brown shades (very this season)

he wants to know the history of the bruise

dust for the bruise’s fingerprints

check it out on the DNA database

                        in truth

                        hate got me in the gut


                        love smacked me around the face

                        there was a kick

                        but by then i’d fallen

                        into winter

                        all my extremities

                        turning blue

he says i should have a cup of hot sweet tea

he says i’m in shock

i told him for me this is love

and i’m right in it up to my neck

he says i should press charges

throw the book at the bastard

                        when i was a little girl

                        i pressed                    

                        flowers in a book

                        sad little daises that looked like

                        100 ton weight had landed on them

                        i so enjoyed capturing their sadness

                        i also enjoyed beheading the camomile

                        growing on the lawn


                        death by lawnmower

he said i should go to hospital i told him

i had a sharp scythe and it was about time i

reaped that which had been sewn


Charlotte was born in the east end of London but now lives in an idyllic cottage situated deep in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.  She has published one chapbook ‘Kicks To Hypnotise Suburban Daughters’ by Erbacce Press. She spends most of her free time playing with the Clueless Collective at:
the CLUELESS COLLECTIVE’S magazine of poetica Issue 17OUT NOW
Kicks To Hypnotise Suburban Daughters by Charlotte De’Ath at Erbacce Press
DiCK and TOM’S Blog From The Bog (please god no) @

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