Poem a Day 2013 #16: Nightmare 2 – Trapped in a Cheap Hotel

Poem number 16.

Nightmare 2 – Trapped in a Cheap Hotel

The flashing neon sign reads H TE

Electric buzz, barking dog, breaking bottle

A shopping trolley noses the entry door

 

The disconsolate receptionist

The ancient lift

The dingy, dimly lit corridor

 

The chipped door frame

The room number missing a digit

The worn carpet smelling of fetid feet, crackling with shed skin

 

The plastic sign on the back of the door listing seventeen rules for residents

The plastic chair with worn arms

The curtains that don’t meet in the middle

 

The cracked shower tiles

The harsh neon light above the mirror making your reflection grey and menacing

The toilet bowl stained by a thousand bowel motions

 

The TV with nothing but shopping channels and bad talent shows

The tea-cup missing its handle.

The kettle that threatens electrocution

 

The thin walls etched with arguments and suppressed moans

The crooked picture of a tropical island

A remnant of a sad memory hovering at the edge of consciousness.

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Copyright Mike Hopkins 2013

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9 thoughts on “Poem a Day 2013 #16: Nightmare 2 – Trapped in a Cheap Hotel

  1. I know that place. It was called the ‘Hotel Select’ in downtown Cairo, and was selected only by idiots who didn’t know better and flying cockroaches…

  2. Great poem, but I may never walk the corridors of a motel again without thinking about ‘The worn carpet smelling of fetid feet, crackling with shed skin,’ James

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