Cassandra

by Ruth Blaug

Highly Commended in the Bare Fiction Prize for Poetry 2017

You’re such a worrier —
it’ll be alright, I promise.

Planes are safer than trains
something will turn up
the lump is just a lump
I’m not infectious
you can wash it in the machine
the milk will still be fine
it isn’t going to rain.

Did you bring the brolly
the milk’s gone off
my cashmere cardi’s shrunk
I’ve caught the lurgi
the mass is malignant
the bailiff’s at the door
‘prepare for an unscheduled landing.’

So sad there’s no one left
to hear me say, ‘I told you so.’

 

Ruth Blaug

Cassandra was Highly Commended in the Bare Fiction Prize for Poetry 2017, as chosen by Wayne Holloway-Smith.