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.

Jennifer Compton

Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne. Her 11th book of poetry a moment, taken was published by Recent Work Press in 2021.

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places.

If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate.


Related articles & Essays