an active listener. When I tell a tale
it gives verbal nods. Floorboards

reply with, I see…
radiators with, I understand…

Armchairs creak, I’m with you…
and kitchen sink squeaks, okay.

Bright cutlery mirrors my words.
Lit bulbs flicker acknowledgement.

At least she isn’t here to confuse them.
At least the house listens.


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Paul Brookes was and is a shop assistant after employment as a security guard, postman, admin. assistant, lecturer, poetry performer. His first chapbook is "The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley", (Dearne Community Arts, 1993); other chapbooks are "The Headpoke and Firewedding" (Alien Buddha Press; 2017) illustrated chapbook, "A World Where" (Nixes Mate Press, 2017) and "The Spermbot Blues" (OpPRESS, August 2017).

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