Trip Switch/Dark Man – published in Ape Magazine.

This is a dark man, spark man

Angry like storms can.

Flicker his eyes size you up and look for a crack in you.

Irritable, nitty gritty, treading on eggshells –

Crack and get slapped, smack!

Open your mouth and he’s in

Making whirlpool your words

Wounding sharp, sharp –

Do not try to protest:

Argue is his apple pie.

Back home like a phone just before it

Rings, that noise in the air just before it

Rings, the sound rattles your drums

Your skin hums:

This is like the calm before what comes

Hush now, tippy-toe –

Can’t help but touch the switch,

Though I should know.


About Pedalling Poetry

Writer Ellen McAteer is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, General Manager at Poetry London magazine. She was a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art, and a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape, as well as a solo singer who won a BBC Radio competition with her song Blue Valentine. She was Director of the Poetry Trust, which ran the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, a director of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, a visiting lecturer at Oxford University's MSt in creative writing, and a member of the core group of performers at the Hammer and Tongue spoken word collective in Oxford. She is a qualified Librarian.
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