|When I had turpentined the brushes
hammered lids on paint
pushed my new basket of gleaming bleaches
under the sink.
Stowed the tins, and stopped
checking my wrist for steps. I promised
Promised myself I would wear lipstick.
More than likely red.
And I would wear heels.
That first day when we could do “County”
I wore the lipstick on the drive.
Until outside Aldi.
The shoes are in a box.
I lift this lid and smile.
They haven’t touched Earth
|Siobhan Twomey is an acupuncturist and reflexologist from Lismore in Co Waterford. She has been published in Bangor Literary mag and Poetry Bus.magazine.|