travelling on the exit line

Sams_photo_of_mandyby Mandy Macdonald20 Mar 2014

at night in the rain streetlights
wear wet white haloes
where the high street goes under the railway bridge
shop signs hurl scarlet, limegreen, ultramarine splashes
at the windows of the slow train in which
you are fleeing her
not quite for your life

chequerboards of apartment windows
observe your laggard, tearstained progress
new malden berrylands surbiton
out into the polite undulations of the homeless counties

you could look into those windows if you tried
but you know you would only see her image
in every pane, lined up like those andy warhol prints
four by five, twenty of her at once
so you go back to your book
and don’t look out