Whereafter

I gave her my ashes in a pendant.
Not seen it round her neck for weeks.

What was your favourite part of my face
if you had to say?

My eyes, my nose, my lips, my cheeks?

Still not pawned it yet, she says.
Just a matter of when.


Michael Sutton is a writer and poet based in Liverpool. His work has been published by The Gateway Review, The Menteur, and in Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea. He also writes regular articles and reviews for The State of the Arts. He is the winner of the Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award, and the Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize.