‘You forget where you put things, don’t you?’

Inconsequential things
like your loose change, the kitchen roll,
the spare batteries, the egg cups, your wallet,
your glasses, your keys, your keys, your keys,
the time, the smell of bacon, the
the energy to say sorry
but you’ve spelt my name wrong
your sense of self worth, the football sticker book
in the 90s when all the West Ham players
were impossible to find, that picture of you
in the limo that made the news.

© Carl Burkitt 2022

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