Poem: Arrhythmic by Alexandra Carr-Malcolm


The rough texture of embroidered Levi’s on knuckles,
as I’d scooch my arms inside your jacket, and around your back;
nestling inside your denim, placing my cheek to your heart.
Asymmetrical beats, I was the tick to your tock,
always out of line – out of time.

When we walked arm in arm, we were out of step,
my up, to your down; we’d stop and laugh,
restarting a pendulum, co-ordinate, correlate,
one, two, three; left foot first, best foot forward;
out of step, out of line – out of time.

Ironic how the heart that bound us, also broke us.
Out of the blue, out of nowhere – out of time.
Now there is only one heart beating,
And I hold you in it every day.

Alexandra Carr-Malcolm works as a BSL Interpreter. Alex has been published in various online magazines and collaborative anthologies. Her first anthology ‘Tipping Sheep (the right way)’ was released in 2013, and her second anthology ‘Counting Magpies’ was released in 2015. Alex blogs her poetry as Worldly Winds – www.worldlywinds.com

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