Lead drainpipe

With drains for legs the rain runs off you

And though it’s always cold,

(with lead for legs) it’s not wet.

Black roots are hard but

damp liquorice runs like mascara

Making pandas of eyes

Heavy like the lid that the scent lifts

on memories as distant as feet,

Ash boots the fag ends to the elegant rollups.


Part of The Learned Pig’s Clean Unclean editorial season, March-May 2015.

Image courtesy of GenealogyInTime Magazine


The Learned Pig

Emma Cousin

Emma is a painter, writer, curator and poet based in South East London. She has exhibited widely across London and the UK, was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize and has paintings in MOMA Wales and the Institute of Art Sienna, as well as private collections. She writes for Silhouette Press, Different Skies and The Learned Pig. She has a BA from the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University where her passion for experimentation in drawing and oil paint began.