Something for you

On Friday my postman told me his name.
After 18 months I realised I’d never asked.
As he reached a midway L
his tongue licked his first-class teeth.
The shine in his eye was a welcome mat
buckling under stacks of the word Colin.
The way he rings my doorbell to hand me envelopes
that easily could have fit through the letter box
and picks up the conversation from where we left off
instead of delivering unwelcome small talk
is enough to tell me I’m not just a number.
I wonder if anyone has ever said my name
in their mind’s ear as much as Colin.

© Carl Burkitt 2020

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s