. haircut day .

as for working shoes or boots
mine were expensive in their time
bought with guilt over ten years
now gone thin below

i asked the cobbler how much
to repair
he said too much more even
than the original cost

me with my foot booted on his
counter

my soles get cold
so i bought those woolly things
to put inside at 2.50 per pair

things will last a while longer
while my soul is warmer maybe

a new bike for you this winter
james

you have been good?

my car is mended, came back
too late for the day so we went
by bus up over and past the power
station

with the winter sun slanting up
and back by lunch in time to

light the stove, to do the laundry
enjoyed not having my own
transport a while..

haircut day

.una orange coat.

i have done that
often

all is quiet here now
day after work unlike
you i am part time there

i had a lift yesterday up
and over the mountain
we chatted about the stress
of bad weather driving in
these parts

i feel fortunate that i have
friends to help when my
car is broke
or
if i am stuck in the village
with snow

earlier i saw phil go to open
the church by the house, he
waved

lady in the coat and pyjamas
asked me if i was going to the
service there. i says no i am going
to work
and to ask phil as i did not know

times of the gatherings

she says i looked like i was dressed
up for church

i did not tell her it is a charity
coat far too big, all orange &
always attracting comments

it was a good day at work
at the counting

.milton house.

we were told to call her auntie

though no relation of mine

 

at four we trooped reluctantly

into her roon where she kept

her budgie

 

told to sit cross legged on the floor

to eat one small piece of cake with

tea

 

and never seconds

 

talk about feeling miserable

 

go on then or shall i tell you

all of it?

.foxy noses.

hope work was good
lots of washing done
and clean

does it get steamy?

remember the days
at milton house, the
laundry lady grumbling
showing me stains that
i did not wish to see

remember the other days
her stripping the childrens’
beds, a large dormitory
sheets mostly wet

as you can tell my day
was well
much talk of foxes and
learned sadly that the
neighbour the other side
of the village hunts them
with dogs

the hounds are handsome
yet he said they stink, i wondered
why he did not bathe them

and thought that hunting innocent
things was banned. i am told it is so,
that the dogs held back, the gun is
used

legally

i like foxes
i like their little noses

the light in their eyes as they
ran in the field yesterday

he said the dogs are let loose
when foxy is laying dead

i came home sadly
eyes mostly wet