(Published in a Cinnamon Press anthology, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, August 2008)
Cake darling? Mummy asked.
Daddy smoked with shaking hand.
She drank from her smudged whisky glass
As the cherry winked on the iced cake.
Daddy topped up his milk with Grants.
I knocked the tumbler from her hand.
She ran from the house
Cherry blossom fell in the wind.
Morning Lane is falling down and its dereliction is like the end of time.
at 3am in the eternal night of here, I stopped in this road of compressed grief beneath the sign ‘Morning Lane’
my lips mumbled ‘Morning Lane’ ‘Morning Lane’ and I touched the icon of its former self the beginnings of its name when milkmen’s carts clopped over cobbles and vegetables fruit and meat were swept in at dawn to load the great city for its day.
I am delighted to be the representative of Cinnamon Press at the launch of Will Kemp’s new collection of poetry, The Painter Who Studied Clouds: 7 pm on Friday 7 October at Keats House, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR. Will won the 2016 Keats Shelley Prize for Poetry. I shall be introducing Will who will read some of his poems — and he is an accomplished performer of his work. He also won the 2015 Cinnamon Press short story prize with ‘The Day I Met Vini Reilly’. I was the judge for that competition. The short story anthology, The Day I Met Vini Reilly, including other prize-winning stories, was in the Waterstones short-story top-seller list for months. It will be a great event at the lovely Keats House on 7 October. For reservations firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremy Worman is a writer, journalist and teacher, based in Hackney, London. He has published two short story collections and has been published widely in anthologies. Read his full biog. You can follow Jeremy on Facebook.