Sunday, 23 November 2014

let's put this behind us

let’s put this behind us
so we might recall
creaking stairs
ceiling skylight
early morning
rumpled sheets
a scattering of clothes

let’s not forget
how often how much
I’ve called on
your forgiveness
but also the taste
of vegetarian stew
cooked on single hob
left to go cold
in front of the gas fire
mantelpiece decorations
envelopes in primary colours
traffic music muffled

and let’s remind ourselves
that the past
cannot be altered
other than by how
we remember it

Tom Phillips