He lies beneath my bed
and skrikes through the night,
plummeting the suburb into blackness.
Dampening floodlit windows,
putting out the streetlights,
he licks my hand when I am lonely.
When I fear I cannot live he takes me
to the otherside where we enter
the secret commonwealth of Middleforth
padding along the causey past the windmill’s
constant throb, cows with swaying udders
and hens clucking in the tithe barn.
Yet on communal ground
we are still invisible outcasts
with insatiable hunger and baleful breath.
Bound here by an obscure debt we pace the causey,
sniffing for dog-bones buried by the wayside
in a ritual that once had meaning on a lightless night.