The world is broken and glued,
he says with a bone-grinding calm.
We two are like cheques,
nobody expects us to be balanced.
He’s making a sandwich,
bologna, or something that looks like it,
and he asks if I want one.
Thank you, no. I answer.
And he recalls when he’d
pop around the corner
for a smoke, exhaling white curses
into the frosty air.
I used to write
I love you notes on dried leaves,
and slipped them into your socks, I say.
He slices another piece of bread,
and I open the windows,
to let the laughter inside.
Some windows are always bright.
Others are always silent and dark.
A bird flew straight through
that open window once.
One bird doesn’t make a flock,
but it sure felt like it.
I stir milk into my tea,
not realising this conversation
would be the highlight of the day.
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