Brother in Law

A few months after assembling a collage of 64

years that danced the joys of her life on powerpoint,

he got in the car with her family,

just like at past Christmases, christenings,

and funerals – but the beat was

different. He sat alone in the backseat.

The saguaro cactus waved goodbye as the

desert tumbled towards Vegas,

and A Wedding Chapel, where Elvis

led his new niece down the aisle.

After, he sat in the casino bar drinking whisky

like iced tea, numb to the air conditioning.

There were no windows, just perpetual night and the

slot machines shouted behind him in prickly discords.

The cigarette smoke hanging on his shoulders

brought back thirty-year-old cravings whilst he

brooded on the memories of his marriage.

Hers was the only way of life he knew.

When the whisky slipped him off the

bar stool and his sister-in-law raised him to his feet,

he thought he saw his wife there and wept.

About haringeyunchained

Haringey Unchained is a collective of students aiming to show case the creative talent of Haringey Sixth Form College in Tottenham, London. We think that through the promotion of our creative thoughts, we can educate our community, bringing to the foreground the critical and creative consciousness of a vibrant school in a deprived part of London. We are endeavouring to provide this blog as a platform for our community, giving the space to those whose work otherwise might not be seen or read. Being that the cuffs are off, we are able to express through our photography, art, short fiction and poetry, what’s really on our minds. We are free.

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