Longlisted Poem 2013

Phoebe Stuckes

The West Somerset Community College, Minehead, Somerset

The End-of-the-world Dress

I would have worn it for you,
That luxurious map of my contours.
The silk rich as paint.

But after your cancellation came
I stayed up to watch the news.

They smirked it first
God-botherers intoned it second
I tried the words out loud; third.

The apocalypse was the best thing that ever happened to me.

I ordered my affairs,
Filed bank statements,
Left a letter on the breakfast bar.

You didn’t answer your phone (but I didn’t expect you to)

That night,
I wore it with my mother’s pearls,
My eyes darkened with soot like lustre.

Then diamante heels still on,
I slept the slumber of a well loved child.

And woke up crying.
© Phoebe Stuckes

Project Details

  • Date January 6, 2015
  • Tags 2013 The Details - Longlisted Poems