Chimps in trousers

We hang pictures on our walls
to remind us of faces we’ve seen.
We roll hand towels when people visit,
use a dust pan and brush to remove our skin,
put £1.50 crisps in salad bowls.
We worry about mould that doesn’t exist yet,
try not to run out of milk, buy too many bananas,
look at the sun without blinking,
wonder if strangers know what we’re thinking
so let our smiles swing between lampposts
and resist eating from each other’s scalp.

© Carl Burkitt 2021

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