Poetry: "Double Act" by Jane Ayres



folding my ear lobe

to avoid nicking tender skin

as the clippers travel

across my scalp

crop hum he concentrates blind in the right eye limited central vision in the left

i like my buzzcuts

everything must be in its

place where did you put the tin opener? predictable you’ve left the kitchen drawer open again my dyspraxia his sight loss like a sitcom (perhaps i should write one) the laundry basket left in the middle of the room

a trip hazard after i got distracted (again)

all done he says i sweep the tiled bathroom floor

lint-roll my neck the chair cushion








UK based neurodivergent writer Jane Ayres completed a Creative Writing MA at the University of Kent in 2019 aged 57. Her work is in Lighthouse, Streetcake, The North, Acropolis Journal, Selcouth Station, Kissing Dynamite, (mac)ro(mic), ubu, Crow of Minerva, Beir Bua Journal, Ample Remains, Sledgehammer and The Forge. As one of the winners of the 2021 Laurence Sterne Prize, her first collection edible will be published by Beir Bua Press in April 2022. Jane tweets at https://twitter.com/workingwords50