Aisle Four at Tesco
Hiya Roy I say. Hiya he
What you got in the bugaboo
grandkid is it?
No he says the wife Deirdre.
The wife how can that be?
Cryogenics he says ain’t science amazing snip
& stitch pump her full of preserves
and rapid chill to zero K. Come on
you ain’t got no deep freeze body
in that there push chair.
No he says couldn’t go
the whole hog see the red casket
in there’s her brain I’m taking it
out for a stroll.
But she can’t tell can she? It’s
good for me says Roy
you know contact routine. You
being done too I ask?
Dunno spect I might funds
How long ‘fore Deirdre’s thawed
& will she function just like before
(thinking of frozen strawberries
turning to mush.)
Be like a pea says Roy sweet
as the moment.
Sweet Deirdre bloody
they’d better have maple syrup
on tap barrels full if you get
my drift – Roy what were you thinking.
Shhh he says
she might be listening.
John is based in Leicester. He writes plays and poems. The latter have been published in HCE, Ink Sweat &Tears, from Dusk to Dawn and others. He has been read on Radio 3 by Imogen Stubbs.
Edited by Sophie Petrie