This House

This house with

its G-Plan living-room / a lineage of photo albums / framed embroidered landscapes / denial seeped deep into its walls / the boxed silverware and its DNA of Christmas meals / milk in the freezer / so much forgetfulness / its meaninglessness of ornaments / dusty hooks where pictures once hung / steam trains puffing a past / my signed poetry books / paeons to Royalty / so many Syd Lawrence albums / collectors’ plates like beacons / boxes packed and waiting / medicines nearly sorted / places he fell into / a message from the Queen / only echoes as a home

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