Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Poetry: Hotels Like Houses


Sophie Hannah is such a great author. She writes baffling crime novels and beautiful poetry. I’m excited because next week she’s giving a talk at a local Waterstones and I have a ticket. I love this poem. It says so much in a short verse. I think a lot of us can identify with this kind of relationship.

Hotels Like Houses

She is the one who takes a shine
to ceilings and to floors,
whose eye finds room for every line
scratched on the wardrobe doors.

She thinks in terms of thick red rope
around the bed, a plaque
above the hardened bathroom soap.
He’s always first to pack.

If their affair has awkward spells,
what’s bound to cause the rows is
that he treats houses like hotels
and she, hotels like houses.

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