The Estate Agent’s Daughter

A poem

Standpoint Magazine

is sold as seen,
semi-detached,
in walking distance of Peny-
y-Bont ar Ogwr with all its mod cons,
located in a quiet hammerhead.

She has wrought iron gates,
hard standing parking for two.
Her pea gravel driveway sweeps
to a Cloudy Apple composite door,
stained window with leaded detail.

Her hallway is carpeted with sycamore
seeds and cherry blossom throughout.
Her white dogleg staircase leads to a spindle
gallery landing, with access to a loft
conversion with a skylight window.

Ground floor comprises open plan lounge/diner,
recesses either side of fire breast wall.
Her writing desk has been nudged to the brink
of the bay. Curtains may be drawn
around her to quarantine at will.

Dining table moonlights as tributary desk,
cable-knit cardigans draped across Ikea
chairs come as standard.
Spider-warding conkers mob
her laminated corners in vain.

She boasts a galley kitchen
with splashback tiling. Integrated
fridge/freezer, sunken spotlighting,
eye level oven (rarely used)
white goods to remain.

The master bedroom is in need of updating,
juliet balcony in state of disrepair.
Outside: She has a storm porch
with power and lighting,
chipped area to the side.

The estate agent’s daughter retains
many original features, coved
ceilings, double glazing throughout.
Unsuitable for first time buyers,
no ongoing chain.

 

 

The Estate Agent’s Daughter by Rhian Edwards is published by Seren (2020).

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