Preference

When characters on reality dating shows
list their preferences
of height, weight, hair style,
muscle definition, sense of humour,
bank balance, interests, work ethic,
girth, age, horoscope, fashion sense,
whistling ability, history of farming,
pizza making techniques, burping range, number of languages invented
and level of skin-invisibility in a partner,
I’m struck by how
few people would want me in their home.
When my eyes blink goodbye to the day
I float in the breath of a chance taker.

© Carl Burkitt 2020

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