Cans can hold all kind of things
Peaches, aubergines, peas and pearls
They are simply
Dissected, pickled, packed
Ready for consumption
In stackable, conveniently trackable
That sit in shelves of shops
In shelve-like streets
On shelves of land.
When the event rolls around, across a
And reveals itself
In a crackling ripple of aluminium
It exposes a cavernous body of peach-
Lathered in sugary syrup
Like the limbs of glamorous women
On influential beaches
Cans can even can feelings
And I was surprised how easily they went.
One ‘don’t’ from a trusted friend and I
My feelings for you must be canned.
I’ll admit they went like treacle
Thick, sticky, icky, a little unhealthy
But no matter how viscous
They went –
Until they were neatly contained
And stored in a cool dry cupboard
I packed up my cupboard with aubergines, peaches, peas and pearls
Until I could not see or think
Of treacle. I hadn’t realised it was sitting
Until you went looking for sweetness or
And with a gap-toothed smile
You opened the can –
It overturned and all too suddenly they
came rushing out you see years had
turned treacle to milk a more
And when I looked up again we were not
Your gap-toothed smile meant something
Something I wasn’t prepared for,
You still wanted mischief and I didn’t
Know what I wanted.
Before my cupboard was packed
With other things to eat.
But now I was left wanting
The cans are empty,
The milk is spilled,
And still I am left wanting
So you see,
I must consume you.