Saturday, 9 April 2016

The List

She shows me the death notice
she's cut from The Times
of the man who was her boss
in the early 'Fifties; tells me how

she asked him on the Monday
if he'd enjoyed his swim
when he sank in the Boat Race,
and how she played practical jokes

upon him without any rancour;
and now he's died, aged eighty-six,
another acquaintance gone
from her dwindling list.

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