The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Mollie Davidson: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Mollie Davidson (UK)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 41

Poem selected by Alberto Blanco as part of the Ofi Press/ YPN collaboration competition


Image: "Dirty Street" by Luke Ratzlaff






New Year’s Day


There is no hurrah, and there are no fireworks

for those cleaning up the next day.


In that cold light there is the man

on the pavement in front of the nursery,

digging for muddied emeralds

but stumbling upon crackling bones.


On the other side,

he has been noticed,

the husband and the wife,

have just straightened

their burnt backs from work.


They see this man clearly.

He is the same as them.

“Outside the nursery or the pub?” the wife says.

“Always someone to be betrayed” her husband says.

“Dead body?” she says.

“Just glass” he says.


And in reaching for the black bin bag -

a cackling protest sellotaped to the wall -

their hands graze. They hold them tightly

together for a while.


And then let go and continue.