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Johanna Aitchison

The Light Show

Three days out from the Damages exam,
he chased her up the law library steps.
‘I know you!’ he called after the back
of her dress. ‘Do you know Eric?’
‘Yes,’ she said, hugged
her notes to her breasts.
On Saturday they ate black bean beef,
drank speights from big, brown bottles.
She smiled at him all night,
with black bean in her teeth.
I’m Still Alive streamed out of
Kelly-the-skateboarder’s window.
The girl piled up cans of beer as she drank,
& boy did she drink.
He was stringing lights along a fence,
laughing into his flatmate’s hair.
She pretended to concentrate on the cans
of speights growing around her,
while blonde Jeremy smashed every single
light bulb in the house with a stick.
Johanna Aitchison  
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