22 December 2009

Having Or Not


It wasn’t a billion dollar idea but
the notion that going into the rain
without a raincoat and getting wet
could be connected was revelation –
plainly it was the raincoat’s doing;

tried the same plan on a homeless
soul whose mackintosh had seen
better days but she demurred. Ain’t
the case for me she says, more like
one of having or not – if I weren’t
wearing mine then I wouldn’t have
it rain or shine you see.

But I didn’t and it still escapes me
how a waterproof can change duty
between ensuring you get wet in its
absence and simply not being yours
if you weren’t wearing it!
© 9 November 2009, I. D. Carswell