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  3. It’s been a while since we had some gratuitous tiger photography. Let’s amend that.

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  4. Sixteen

    I’ve grown into a habit of losing umbrellas. My old one was stolen from the library a few months ago, and since working at the screen there’s been a endless supply of unclaimed ones from the lost property. You care less about them when they’re new, available at a moment’s grasp from the box under the counter, and I forget them. In restaurants, on buses, at theatre cloakrooms. This morning I found one just where I’d left it – by the table in the corner of the Chinese restaurant where I’ve been waiting quietly, ineffectually, for the last week and a half, trying to smoke out either one of Wendoll & Croom.

    I’d been to drop the first draft of the manuscript at Avi’s flat, riding into Hoxton down wipe-clean cycle lanes, and caught the bright heat of the morning sun climbing up the old fire escape of her converted factory by the canal. I haven’t heard anything from her for weeks. I didn’t call. Just leaving it unannounced felt like the right thing to do. I’d wrapped it in old newspaper, tied with the last of a ball of string. Peering through the porthole in the reclaimed industrial steel door I saw glimpses of everything I expected her life to be decorated with. Thin glass vases, vintage leather couches. Ironic prints. Large clocks. I stuffed the parcel through the envelope without knocking and rode back beneath the grey-gathering sky, bold and cinematic in the expensive poverty of a stark neighbourhood.

    I have the same dishes every day. Chicken and sweetcorn broth, beef in black bean sauce over pan-fried noodles, and a low, wide-rimmed cup of chrysanthemum tea. They know me by sight now. They bring each hot white bowl down in front of me before I can even open my notebook, and as I eat, I stare out at the street through the window, rain-streaked from summer storms. Even the air outside is exhausted: hot, brittle and moist, gasping for autumn. In the long days before thunderstorms the buildings ache with the electricity in the air, and I clench tight my knuckles over empty lined pages, wishing for some kind of spark. From that one table I can I watch the door, and the stairs at the back, and hour by hour I sit, waiting for anyone to come in or out. Always there’s nothing. I ask the waiters and they grunt, or shrug, refilling my tea. My mandarin isn’t as good as it used to be.

    There’s a call I’ve been meaning to make. I spend hours at the table turning over my phone, thinking what it would mean to dial. I never do. I pretend to myself I’ve caught sight of something in the crowded street at the end of the alley, put the phone away and stare out, looking for a distraction. But nothing. And I think of dialing again. Of the voice I would hear.

    The tiger returns next week. He’ll be tanned, grinning and gorgeous, and I think in the night when I catch moments with him on the phone how hard it’ll be when he comes back: how hard it will be for me not to crumple into him, with the weight of it all, but hold back, hold a smile, and him.

    When the sunset bronzes the skyline I wipe up the last of my soup and cycle back to the screen, work through the night watching the same film over and over, sweating into a black shirt in the hot washroom and waiting, waiting, waiting for hours on box office. Fast and slow, through the late night showings, until we mop, wipe, close the shutters and I walk home on the back streets. And through all of it I think of that call I should make. Of the stubborn detectives. Of the tiger. Of friends, absent. Of all the talking I do not do.

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  5. I know. Tigers again. If you don’t like it, follow someone else.

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  6. Nine

    The tiger’s gone. On tour. This morning. I wanted to take him to the airport but he said it was a stupid idea, which it was, sitting for forty minutes each way on the rattling blue of the Piccadilly line at six in the morning. So I woke up to the smell of him, the slam of a door, and the echo of a kiss on my temple.

     

    London in the sun. Raucous and proud. I found breakfast at a deli: eggs, toast, and chilli jam, and licked crumbs from my lips as I looked for the printer’s. The streets are filled. Scaffolders, street sweepers and tall head-scarfed women. The copy shop smelt of ammonia, which reminded me of dad. The man at the counter was eating mackerel and beans. Brixton is full of endless food.

     

    I took one hundred CVs back North of the river and filed them in my desk. I’d meant to pound the streets with them but my shoes were falling apart and I felt suddenly raw at the loss of him. Tiger. Funny how that needs to be clarified. I took my shirt and my shoes off and lay on the bed, listening to the radio tuning itself in and out, and trying not to think about any of it.

     

    I dreamed I was at a station, in the dead of night, waiting for a train that never came. A mist of rain hanging over the platforms, bare and empty. I heard footsteps behind me. Avi walking from the ticket office towards me. She smiled that horrible, fluoride smile, held me, and whispered something in my ear.

     

    I woke up to white noise and the smell of three in the morning. The daylight turned to vapour and left me stranded in the night, wide awake and lonesome. I made an omelette. Eggs twice in one day. I took my coat from the door and walked up and down the roads, looking for something to make the sleeplessness disappear, and found a fox under a railway bridge, nosing at a rubbish bin. He turned to me. We held each other’s gazes for what felt like forever, and for a moment I thought he was going to say something. The walls had graffiti on. I read them as a freight train lumbered slowly over the steel above. ‘Follow’, it said. Like an instruction. I turned back to the fox, but he was gone. An empty road: a line of streetlamps leading off to nothing. A clock chimed in the distance and I walked home as the sun came up, remembering what Avi had whispered to me in the dream.

     

    ‘I have important information,’ she’d said.

     

    Bullshit. I’m going crazy.

     

  7. Tiger

    Love poem.

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    You lie in the sunlight, tiger,

    Spread out on a duvet savannah,

    A typewriter of fitful limbs clicked.

    You roll out afternoon hours in curls and yawns,

    Toeing the curtain-light, time folded loose like legs.

     

    You’re burning my ears, tiger.

    I have heard you singing sweet ones in the shower.

    A full-throated chord for the plughole,

    Drawn through flat feet on enamel

    In a bathtub rattle of static.

    I’ll put my hand on the door. I’ll listen

    To you rise through the water like strange fire.

     

    I’m making you breakfast, tiger,

    Lip-licked for meat fat with mornings.

    You’ll pour out tea, I’ll kiss you

    And swallow white heat, thinking of you riding

    Chilly on the train, scarf snugly hiding your stripes

    In a grey sky window,

    rattling on through dishevelled junctions.


    You prowl in the garden, tiger,

    On heady heat-linked afternoons.

    I see you below, claws biting moist soil,

    And put my hand on the window,

    Heavy with cold glass and you.

     
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  9. I really do like tigers.

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  10. I like tigers.

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