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.
Copyright Mike Hopkins 2013