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Marie Naughton
Marie Naughton's poems have appeared in publications including Mslexia, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Dark Horse, Crannog and Lines Underwater. Others have been placed in competitions and she won the Cafe Writers competition in 2012. A pamphlet is forthcoming from the tall-lighthouse press in 2016. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the Centre for New Writing at Manchester University. She is a psychotherapist and a counsellor in a high school. She lives in Manchester.

 

 

 

      My First Husband

 

Smith. Impossible

to google

what you’re up to now,

 

miles away, or dead

perhaps. My wedding ring

was a cowrie shell

 

borrowed from Mrs Bell’s Object Box.

You said we’d never give it back.

A traditional match –– you

 

with your car and trucks, me

in the wendy house,

too wrapped up

 

with Tiny Tears

to question much. You had affairs,

so did I, it was the sixties

 

after all. We lasted five years,

half a lifetime. ‘Sugar, Sugar’

was our song. Cherry cola,

 

two straws, at the Leavers’ Disco.

I moved house,

 

we didn’t stay in touch.

 

But in the rearview mirror

I glanced

twice

 

at the man with thinning hair

who pulled into the parking bay

at Sainsbury’s

 

when I drove off 

to pick the children up from school.

 

 

©2015 Marie Naughton

 

 

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'When Elvis Died': poem by Marie Naughton in The Dark Horse

'Afterthought': poem by Marie Naughton at And Other Poems

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