I Came Home with the Shopping

And I said to him as he opened the front door –
Do you remember what day it is tomorrow?
And he said – No. What day is it?

Then I said – Do you remember who you married?
Yes – he said. Yes. I do remember her.
And then we both said – How many years is it?

Should we do something? – he said. No – I said.
Let’s just do what we always do. I like doing that.

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Jennifer Compton's book of poetry, Barefoot, was published by Picaro Press last year. A new book of poetry, This City, was awarded the Kathleen Grattan Prize in New Zealand and will be published by Otago University Press in July.

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