Clearance


Plain plum carpets
sat uneasily flatly.

Walls, tangerine and blue
(duller colours than all this sounds)
in a frail box of a house.

And as they got older
convivial living
bled to the parsimonious.

The savings
of half-filled kettles,

cheaper meats,

the invites
to guess how much.

Watered-down joys.

And after their deaths,
old clothes, neatly ironed and folded

and old photos hinting at a big love.

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