Todd Swift

The Vacated Couple

Everything in its right place, as Radiohead had said
and they were the kind to listen to such music then,

so that after, their opened flat was tidy, yielding up
only the sort of unembarrassed secrets everyone holds.

Why they'd both been in such a hurry underwater,
touching once, head-to-head, no one could explain

except to provide images of how they lay there still:
side-by-side in the pool, like lovers from Aquitaine,

on a late summer's afternoon, having met each other
just a few strokes below a sliding, undivided surface.