door with no house

stood the father. a man with more than one blemish to his character. housekeys on a Mickey Mouse fob won at a fairground a little over a week ago. always in the same side pocket in various trousers. always the same brand of jeans. the children lay asleep in bed. twins in the matrimonial bed. the older child in the lower part of a bunk bed. the one the twins would inherit. mother buried in the garden. two days cold. father at the open door. quietly disturbed.

the door remained but the house was gone. street reduced to rubble. trusted the neighbours less than strangers.

nuclear ground zero. tsunami biblical flood. burning atomic wind.

…late at night a hand would knock
and there would stand a stranger…

Aldous
Aldous
guide me through

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