Hugo Williams' Toilet

Toilet

A Poem by Hugo Williams

Seems the theme for edonn.com this week appears to be poetry, so here’s another:

I wonder will I speak to the girl
sitting opposite me on this train.
I wonder will my mouth open and say,
‘Are you going all the way
to Newcastle?’ or ‘Can I get you a coffee?’
Or will it simply go ‘aaaaah’
as if it had a mind of its own?

Half closing eggshell blue eyes,
she runs her hand through her hair
so that it clings to the carriage cloth,
then slowly frees itself.
She finds a brush and her long fair hair
flies back and forth like an African fly-whisk,
making me feel dizzy.

Suddenly, without warning,
she packs it all away in a rubber band
because I have forgotten to look out
the window for a moment.
A coffee is granted permission
to pass between her lips
and does so eagerly, without fuss.

A tunnel finds us looking out the window
into one another’s eyes. She leaves her seat,
but I know that she likes me
because the light saying ‘TOILET’
has come on, a sign that she is lifting
her skirt, taking down her pants
and peeing all over my face.

4 thoughts on “Hugo Williams' Toilet

  1. loving this poem – only just read it for the first time yesterday and think its wonderful. very real, very simple, very awkward and obsessive and just the sort of masculine love/romanctic poem that might be influenced from catcher in the rye. i think its very romantic.

  2. was the person that said crap intending to have a pun? i thaught it was hilarious, loving the twist at the end!

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