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Before you were Mine
Duffy and Armitage
Elvis's Twin Sister
Hurricane Hits England
I've Made out a Will
Love after Love
Mother, any distance greater than a single span
My Father Thought It...
My Last Duchess
Night of the Scorpion
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Beloved sweetheart bastard. Not a day since then
him dead. Prayed for it
so hard I
’ve dark green pebbles for
ropes on the back of my hands I could strangle with.
Spinster. I stink and remember. Whole days
in bed cawing Nooooo at the wall; the dress
yellowing, trembling if I open the wardrobe;
the slewed mirror, full-length, her, myself, who did this
to me? Puce curses that are sounds not words.
Some nights better, the lost body over me,
my fluent tongue in its mouth in its ear
then down till I suddenly bite awake. Love
hate behind a white veil; a red balloon bursting
in my face. Bang. I stabbed at a wedding-cake.
Give me a male corpse for a long slow honeymoon.
’t think it’s only the heart that
Copyright Carol Ann Duffy, 1993
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