A private man, public spaces

by Jack Cooper

Contains strong language

A man will drown if held under
by his own dead weight

or a stranger’s hand, pushing him
to the piss-slick tiles.

There’s no safety in a closed door,
but a man wouldn’t hope

for more than he’s given – a body
desperate for the air

in another’s lungs – take his mouth,
this ragged breath.

A man will drown if held under.