Serves 1

left alone

only for the afternoon

got me thinking,

is this what it would be like

without you?

measuring the minutes

between the meals,

I bought a ready-meal,

lasagne not my favourite

by a long chalk,

thirty minutes at 180

middle of the oven

I nearly forgot to take

the plastic film off,

a glass of wine for one

stands there, ominous

like a poisoned chalice,

I always told you

when we mused over dying

that I hoped you’d go first

the thought of leaving you

alone unbearable,

but now

looking at this bloody sad

tray of lasagne

I’m not so sure.


© Graham R Sherwood 05/23

June '08 Remastered ►


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Kevin Tan

Sat 27th May 2023 21:56

Well let's eat this sad supper together then, Graham. And why not call that love? Why not?

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 26th May 2023 16:43

Pants or ready meals Tel?

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Fri 26th May 2023 15:00

You see them in M&S. She's choosing his underpants for him.

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Grace Meadows

Thu 25th May 2023 23:40

Some of those ' TV ' dinners I call them are actually quite nice-but! in moderation. Tasty little morsel Graham. Thanks!

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 25th May 2023 21:43

So true, Graham. A lifetime of togetherness makes one feel strangely exposed during any period of separation like that. Honest and moving.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Thu 25th May 2023 19:49

Eat, drink and be merry!

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