05 November 2010



an innocent request
bring me a duvet cover, no
more no less – sort of thing
one sees as ordinary

Queen size please – perhaps
the maroon and dark green
one in the linen cupboard,
pillow slips too, if possible?
Why yes, not a big ask, will
do, that’s a sure-can

anything you need is fine
but tell me just this once
– do you ever regret?
19 months since you left
yet you recall exactly where
everything is like yesterday

for me its palsied terrain
delving into a linen closet
is to trespass dangerously;
I’m ashamed I failed you but
to be reborn a duvet might
mean I am some comfort
© 4 June 2010, I. D. Carswell