You taught me to love,
showing me how to put familiar fondness
in the single fondant fancy I would find,
hiding in my lunch box,
alongside salad sandwiches,
that tasted of
“Have a good day.”
“Come home safe.”
“You are the thing I have loved most,
in this wild, wide world.”
I watched you wash my clothes,
turning them from fashion to compassion,
sending me into the world each day,
wrapped in wishes that I would be wise and well,
sending me to sleep,
and a small nightlight made of the stars from the sky,
you always taught me was mine to aim for.
when I loved someone,
who loved me too,
the way you taught me,
more than I had ever loved anyone,
in this wild, wide world,
did you suddenly stop?
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There was red and blue,
in the air,
as I stared up at you,
like you were an old friend,
an old memory,
a stabilising slap to the face,
among the chaotic commuters,
about how they should get home,
and what they should do.
I had been worrying
about a press release,
getting to the cinema on time,
paying the council tax,
there you were,
staring down at me,
caught on the edge of the worst of life.
Caught at the edge of today,
crawling across the concrete of the car park,
your weary arms are waiting,
done with holding you up,
for all the world to see,
“I still want to stay”
I watch them cling to the concrete,
“But I don’t know if I can”
and I wish,
that I could change your mind,
even though I don’t know you like that,
or, at all,
I saw you live,
led back from the edge of goodbye,
into the horizon,
towards help and hope,
and all the chaotic commuters cleared the road,
going back to little problems,
like press releases,
so we didn’t have to think of giant concrete car parks,
and their habit of stealing people,
to take them to the sky.