Never Enough, Too Much – Eduard Dantes

There is never enough coffee
In my watery cup
And the tea
Is never strong enough
No matter how long I leave the bag in.

There is always too much sand
In my desert
And too much water
In my oceans
Yet when I go to Brighton beach
I have to dig for sand
While in public swimming pools
The water is too sparse
(Also strangely warm, thick and slimy)
And the people too vast.

My heating bills
Are always so expensive
I never have enough hot water
To relax in a bath that grows colder.
Nowadays there is never enough
Of that sweet, sweet voice
And never enough good music
Or wonderful stories with which
One can escape the truth.

My nights are filled with too much darkness
While my summer days
Have too little sunlight.

The spoons they make
Are too small
To hold all my sugar and honey
While every time I tip the salt shaker over
I find life too bitter.

The taste of parfum
Lingering for days in the musky morning air
Of that tiny room
Is much too sweet for my senses
When once upon a time
It was all I wanted to breathe.

The silence in my room
Is like the songs sung by the dead
And the noise
In my head
Clangs faster and harder
Than that of
A strange experimental
Thrash death metal band.

My days are full of time
But somehow
Dawn seems to turn into dusk
In the blink of an eye.

The time goes by
Leaving evidence
Of nothing having been done.

But thankfully,
As the empty bottles
Become too many,
Even the memories
Of lingering parfums
Become too few
To hold me in place
Their sweetness was never enough.

I hearken back
To long bright summer days
Of toffee covered candy apples
And thinking them
Much too sweet
For our healthy teeth
And of running from bees
Hunting the scent of parfum
Trailing behind us.

Then I sip my coffee
And decide to make a cuppa tea instead
Followed by a long hot bath…


his name rhymes with ‘mince’. He’s rarely without a notebook and can usually be found next to the closest bottle of red wine. Previously a writer for The Roehampton Lane Journal.

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