'Can I read this out to you?' 'Noooooooo, I've got stuff to do.'

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Remember last night's tea

when you brought your girlfriend,

and you brought your friend?

And the dog was excited

because he loves it when you are all here

because I am so happy

and I'm like- superwomb?

And I got food delivered

and you were all relieved

because it can be touch and go

with my cooking                

and there was loads to go around

and Dad didn't have too much washing up?

And no one brought up the four full bin bags

on the garden bench by the back door

because it may have been the wrong time to ask

in front of company

and actually it is a good job you didn't

 because I would have to explain

that I have thrown out most of my shoes

and coats

because Dad was sick of tidying up after me

and I was being dramatic for effect

but when he went for some milk I took my

best coat out and hung it up where he couldn't see it

because I'm not an idiot,

though the bags have now been there

three days in the rain

and I regret it?

And how it was very clear

we all loved each other

because we shared nicely

and talked about Christmas

and all showed off in front of company

to make them laugh?


Well, tonight's tea

is what's left

of last night's take-away. 

carefamilyflawedfleeting momentsloveonly humantake-away

◄ Getting a Ribbing

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 21st Nov 2014 16:55

I also really enjoyed this - hugely - its stroppy realism and wise warmth. What is a poem, exactly? I have no idea - but when you have it pegged - it totally works.

The title is brilliant = a poem in itself!

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Laura Taylor

Thu 20th Nov 2014 11:49

This is fab! I can almost hear you performing it and I've never even heard your voice :D

Winkling out those little peculiarities of daily life and the weirdnesses we carry with us. Brilliant - loved it.

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Rose Casserley

Wed 19th Nov 2014 21:35

ah gotcha!and phew!thought there was some hidden reference to the binbags containing your Dads belongings,following,lets say-an 'absence'

so glad I was wrong! I don't think there are that many people who are NOT flawed in some way these days-bravo re the honesty Cathy.x

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Cathy Crabb

Wed 19th Nov 2014 21:12

Hi Solar!

Don't worry, it isn't that sad. Where it is sad it is happy sad! It's an honest story of a flawed parent doing their best on a good day. Next day...hmmmm well, least there was still takeaway left! XXXXXX

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Rose Casserley

Wed 19th Nov 2014 18:33

absolutely love the poem Cath,but am too respectful to try and identify the sentiment/subject behind it,in case I get it wrong-so I'll go with and keep my assumptions to myself.And based ON those assumptions-this poem becomes brilliant albeit deeply saddening.


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