she rented 

this room 

next door to mine

i often heard her crying 

late at night.

whenever she saw me 

though, she smiled, 

said she wanted  

to improve her life,

enrol in courses

to be better qualified. 


i remember 


coming through the wall


look, a shopping list

numbers, scribbles

her weekly budget

a picture, names of books

to read, pages ripped

or creased…



at different times

i heard screams

when i saw her

she looked scared

scars across her skin

then she was evicted

we never met again