MAEVE TELLS ME IT NEVER RAINS IN THE SIMS | Laurie Ogden’s poem explores the realities of a relationship through a computer game.
Maeve tells me it never rains in the Sims
where we are a successful lesbian power couple
with a white picket fence. Back in this universe
it is sunny, but we are on the sofa
in our pyjamas.
Sims Maeve is a professional chef
and I’ve written 7 hit novels.
She has overfed me but here Maeve knows
the cheat code so has bought
Sims me a swimming pool to work out.
Maeve has always been someone
who should run the show.
Back in this universe, we ask is this it?
of the dirty dishes, spend our Sunday
cleaning, watch anything
with Sarah Lancashire in it, talk
about moving back to the North,
(It’s the kids).
Sims me has made herself sick with stress.
Sims Maeve makes her a cake.
Sims me has started swimming fully clothed.
by Laurie Ogden
Laurie Ogden is a poet, playwright and performer from Merseyside. She is a former Barbican Young Poet and Jerwood/Arvon playwriting mentee. Commissions include Sky Arts, Barnardos and the Barbican. She is a current Roundhouse Resident Artist.