Tether

We emerged from the labyrinth
Beneath Nagoya train station
And rode the escalators
As high as we could go

Emerging to a room walled with glass
We steadied ourselves amidst a throng of
Steel-tipped buildings, which stood
Like a forest spearing the sky

Holding globes of blinking red lights
The trees offered a warning
To planes and Gods alike
I stood and stared,
As you left me to the night.

Those blinking red lights
Have followed me my whole life
Caught by their glare
A line drawn by their sight
To a darkness of the soul
A notification not to be alone
When I should be sleeping,
I check my phone.

 

‘Tether’ is a poem from my forthcoming collection, Glass Scissors, which is available to pre-order.