Shirt starchly ironed
neat tie over top button
The remaining hairs side-parted with military precision
Sagging chin scraped daily
by Wilkinson Sword
Tired shoes polished to a youthful shine
but who is it for?
That rosy-cheeked lass,
with the infectious laugh and pretty feet,
who you took dancing at the Palais
and who said yes that happy day
has been dead these six years.
The rattling chums you ran with
up the blood-stained beaches of France
on that world-changing day
have long since passed.
The nurtured proof of your sixty-year marriage
moved to other towns and countries.
Visits drying up like spittle on dentures:
grandchildren, grinning strangers on the mantlepiece.
All your stories sit in storage
waiting to be aired by someone willing to listen.
But they never come.
Your best friend now is the black chappy
who sells you your morning paper.
So who is it for?
Even Death doesn’t bother to knock on your door
to reunite you with a world you’d recognise.
Yet, you still rise at six,
brush your blazer free of fluff
and straighten your cuffs
before stepping out.
But who is it for?
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