Why does everything go wrong for me?
Tom McLaughlin is a Northern Irish poet currently living in London. His poems have been published in Birds Piled Loosely, Pulp Poets Press, and Crossways. He recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway.
You are having trouble unfastening
the complicated toggles on your new coat.
‘Why does everything go wrong for me?’
I wonder if you think about staying
inside your new jacket from now on.
My father helps you like a fussing mother
as I decorate the Christmas tree,
fastening a threadbare string of tinsel
to branches already shedding needles.
I concentrate on making even loops
between the branches. I unravel
the mess of fairy lights inside a box
to discover that they do not work.
I peer into the centre of each bulb
to check each tungsten filament –
which is broken, which are intact.
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