In the Bungalow by Caleb Parkin



In the Bungalow

after Jane Kenyon


i.m. Betty


She is like the biscuit tin

whose lid has been lifted

so many times, her landscape

design is blizzarding away.


She wants to offer you her last

pink wafer, custard cream, but has

only rich teas to match the pale brew

of her breath, her skimmed nights.


See how we are mirrored in the base

of her, scattered amongst the crumbs.





Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020 - 22, has poems in The Rialto, The Poetry Review, Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, Magma, Butcher’s Dog, The Guardian and elsewhere. He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School, Cheltenham Festivals, First Story, Arvon and holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP). Debut pamphlet, Wasted Rainbow (tall-lighthouse, Feb 2021), debut collection This Fruiting Body is out now with Nine Arches Press. In 2022, he’ll publish a new pamphlet with Broken Sleep and his collected work as City Poet.