Kate Maxwell


It Leaks.
Dripping tap.
I’ve asked you to shut it tight.
Plop, plop, it fattens and falls
splat, onto my nerves
as you glance, eyebrow
cocked, and Mona Lisa
smirking at my twitch.

I’ve asked you to shut it.
That dripping tap
with rhythmic irritation
seeps into my skull.
Plop, plop, plop
and I will not get up
to feel your amusement
            at my back.

Kate Maxwell is yet another teacher with writing aspirations. She’s been published and awarded in Australian and International literary magazines such as Cordite, Hecate, fourW, Meniscus, Social Alternatives, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Blood and Bourbon, and Fiction Kitchen Berlin. Kate’s interests include film, wine, and sleeping. Her first poetry anthology, Never Good at Maths, is published with Interactive Publications, Brisbane. She can be found athttps://kateswritingplace.com/