“An ordinary day”

So when your back gets stiff

you bare the ache and carry on

you no longer make time-

work is always good excuse.

It used to be stroking necks

and sharing a silence

full of what you wanted

the leaking bathroom is now

a perfect topic

or perhaps the bill that’s overdue

over a meal of leftovers

You can’t complain, things could be worse

just read the news

-that’s what they’re for-

oh! And more topics to pick from

in the case the tap is fixed.

Still, your hands can do wonders

on stiff crooked backs

(at least they work for mine

Marcia Israilides