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‘Mill House’

After his mother moved out
her clothes sat in the hall
beneath the mirror
they played lost and found
in hollow rooms.

He sat in the long kitchen
with his so-called sister
who scratched at her scabs
as they gulped cold milk
waiting for school.

Awake with his new brother
under the sleeping bag
with hidden matches
they heard the echo
left in Limbo.

Erica Jane Morris lives in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes and loves to run. Erica is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, working in higher education as an Academic Lead for degree standards and has published in the fields of academic integrity and student plagiarism; assessment and feedback; and educational technology. Having taken several creative writing courses over the years, she has recently found a home in poetry.

This poem was composed on our Routes into Poetry course with Tamar Yoseloff.

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