Introducing the February 2011 Poets – 3. Sasha de Buyl-Pisco

Sasha de Buyl-Pisco is a poet who lives in Edinburgh and works in digital marketing for an arts organisation, managing the editorial of a busy website. She writes for several publications including Central Station, Reel Scotland, Creative Boom and others. She blogs at Taxidermy Mouse.

Master of the Universe

3pm, he comes in. Every day,
like clockwork. Our mechanical man.
He does not talk. His mouth is bolt-shut,
his face a section mould cast.
Scars cross cavities and opaque eyes
crease to squint at me,
pleating his face like hot bronze.
The manager shows me what he drinks.
A pint of 80/- ; heavy, rich, the comfort of gravity.

An object at rest tends to stay at rest
and an object in uniform motion tends
to stay in uniform motion unless
acted upon by a net external force.

At his second pint,
he eases the mat out from under his glass
to spin carousel circles in his hands.
Resting the mat on the edge of the bar,
he flips it up with his fingertips,
nails scraping against varnished wood,
and catches it midair, like a trick.

An applied force on an object equals the
rate of change of its momentum, with time.

Some days, he misjudges, misses the catch and
his hand comes slamming down.
His pint topples, and glass skitters across the floor,
sends beer tiding down the counter.
The other regulars don’t even try with him anymore.
I clear away the soaking glass,
mop down the bar
and pour him another.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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