I’d done it before (and doubtless I’ll do
it again, sooner or later)
woke up with a head on the pillow
beside me
–  whose? –
what did it matter?

Good-looking, of course, dark hair,
rather matted;
the reddish beard several shades
lighter;
with very deep lines around the eyes,
from pain, I’d guess, maybe laughter;
and a beautiful crimson mouth that
obviously knew
how to flatter…
which I kissed…
Colder than pewter.
Strange. What was his name? Peter?

Simon? Andrew? John? I knew I’d feel
better
for tea, dry toast, no butter,
so rang for the maid.
And, indeed, her innocent clatter
of cups and plates,
her clearing of clutter,
her regional patter,
were just what I needed –
hungover and wrecked as I was from a
night on the batter.

Never again!
I needed to clean up my act,
get fitter,
cut out the booze and the fags and the
sex.
Yes. And as for the latter,
it was time to turf out the blighter,
the beater or biter,
who’d come like a lamb to the
slaughter
to Salome’s bed.

In the mirror, I saw my eyes glitter.
I flung back the sticky red sheets,
and there, like I said – and ain’t life a
bitch –
was his head on a platter.

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