On Walsall VI

Ambulance driver

Yes, I was expecting you

But not quite this soon

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n.b. Male life expectancy in Walsall is calculated as having fallen now to 57.7 years. We are a long time dead, but compared to the English national average, (data published by Public Health England) in 2016 it was reckoned healthy males born in Walsall get a bonus 10 years in Heaven. Which is fine if you believe it exists, I suppose.

CLP 07/02/2019

To My Father

I heard “I love you”

Spoken to me in a dream

I cried myself awake

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n.b. How do we deal with loss? How do we learn to accept that there will be no more moments, nor conversations shared with one we loved?

CLP 01/02/2019

Nail Gloss

I caught a train

Empty seat opposite soon filled

Ellie, was her name

Her grandma told me

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Ellie watched me

She leant across to look at my phone

She pointed her finger

Showing her fingernail painted pink

I extended my index finger

Our finger tips touched

Across the table

She smiled at me

I smiled too

Such a small hand

Such a tiny finger

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Later in the middle of the city

So busy, full, slow

So crowded

I couldn’t see my shoes

There was Ellie in her father’s arms

Across the street

She smiled at me

I smiled too

Such a small child

Such a huge smile.

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CLP 31/12/2019