Mr Dark and I
Struggling up hills challenges my age
but poses no problem
for my insubstantial companion.
HE can manage it lying down!
No aching joints or defiant lungs
in his fleshless,boneless form.
There again,HE would find it easy-
that voiceless negative of me
since it is I who am obliged
to keep him in tow.
Despite the fact that at present
he weighs nothing
and has no means of conversing
he can still tell me
using his stooping disembobied body language
how incapable we are both becoming
and how very much harder
over the approaching years it will become
for us both to keep meeting in this way
Stef Wilde Feb 2016