Noelene by Mercedes Webb-Pullman


Noelene
Mercedes Webb-Pullman

She eavesdrops on adults all the time.
One day she hears Tommy Skews say
Terry ate his shotgun on Monday
in the upstairs toilet.
Annie told him she was pregnant again.

Tommy sometimes tells stories
after a bottle of beer, squatting
on the shed floor or perched
on a piece of machinery.

He and his brother Teddy
ride with a gang. Their sister
married their biker mate Terry.
Three kids now, trapped
in a State Advances apartment
and no work.

Noelene miscarries before the funeral,
after a day spent cleaning
brains and bone fragments
from the walls and ceiling.
Not as easy as you think
says Tommy.


Mercedes Webb-Pullman: IIML Victoria University Wellington New Zealand MA in Creative Writing 2011. Published in: Turbine, 4th Floor, Swamp, Reconfigurations, The Electronic Bridge, poetryrepairs, Connotations, The Red Room, and books Numeralla Dreaming, After the Danse, Food 4 Thought, Looking for Kerouac, Ono and Bravo Charlie Foxtrot.

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