I dream I fuck an old woman and
wake up more anxious than usual,
perhaps because she’s looking away and as
I spin her round her bum and boobs are
so soft that she’s not an old
lady now at all.
Next, a paternal presence with hyena mane
closes down his shop so we can do
it, but the customers keep on coming in
and in and we feel guilty.
Tomorrow I am going to a fake forest, fearlessly
to be touched as if there was no word like ‘touch’
and no red, scratchy body either.
Catherine Madden was born in 1990 in Birkenhead. She has studied at Goldsmiths, University of London and the University of Kent. She writes poetry and fiction. She is currently living in Glasgow and working on a novel. Her work is often concerned with identity, anxiety, sexuality, relationships and precarity. Read more of her work here.
Image by Chloe Henderson.