Dad works in a telecommunications factory
we are the only family in the street with a telephone.
Ring, ring, ring.
A shuffling of feet
shillings drop into the money jar
a desperate wish echoing in the hall
death comes to call.
People bring Dad broken things, electricals
he takes them apart with a screwdriver on the kitchen table
broken televisions, a wireless, cassette player.
He tries to find the broken heart
with a soldering iron and electric cable.
Rachel Burns was runner-up in the BBC Poetry Proms 2019 competition and her poem was broadcast on radio 3. Her debut poetry pamphlet, a girl in a blue dress is available from the Poetry Book Society and Vane Women Press.