Sending that text in the midst of anger
Waiting for love in the rain
Watching TV in the bedroom so late
That your eyes start to smart with the strain.
Eat chips, drink wine, eat more cake in the dark
Smoke when your chest’s sounding rough
Watch scary movies with only one eye
Lie awake imagining stuff.
Answer the land-line, though it’s a cold caller
Go out in the snow - your hair’s damp
Step in the puddles, step off the kerb
Give your loose change to a tramp.
Pick up the litter although it’s not yours
Push when the signs say pull
Stand and let everyone pass through the doors
Go in and find all the seats full.
Smile at a stranger, lend cash to a clown
Give a treat to your dog, he looks sad
Chatter and babble when you should pipe down,
Say it’s good when you know it tastes bad
Teach a bored child to blow down a straw
Give up your spare time for free.
Place a loose rug on a high polished floor
Make a small home for a bee
Lay an anaemic lost worm on the soil
Dance though your hip’s going to ache
Carefully roll up the hose to a coil
Then step on the teeth of the rake
Warm your cold feet on the radiator
Prudence is dull and mundane
Scratch those chilblains a day or two later
The pleasure is so worth the pain.