Poem a Day #11 – No More Gaps

no more gaps

I spent most of today fixing up cracked walls, cornices and tiles in the house I used to live in. It was the family home. Soon it will be going up for sale and open for inspection. In Adelaide, most homes on the plains suffer from cracking, due to the expansion and contraction of our clay soils. Our cracks are not too bad, compared to many and can be fairly easily filled using a product called “No More Gaps”.

 

No More Gaps

Hunting down the imperfections

the spider vein fractures

 

the crack between

what is and what was

 

the lifting surface under foot

which rises again no matter

how hard you stamp it down

 

the mismatched touches

of gloss and flat

 

the worn facade

exposing the ageing frame

 

feeling with

split fingertips

 

putting in the fix

concealing the damage.

 

Laying open

for inspection.

 

© Mike Hopkins 2014

 

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