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The first change was the milk –
the bottle half-full the day after
its use by. In time, I could make choices:
a scarlet coffee mug from eBay;
a hand-made wooden bed
with a mattress that moulded
to just my shape; daffodil-yellow paint
for the bedroom walls.
We’re told we repair and renew our cells
until the end of the end day, when
we don’t. For now, I’ll top up
the salt we kept in the old wine bottle,
never knowing how many grains
remain from the day he left the house.
Jinny Fisher, from The Escapologist
In matching North Face jackets
they sit side by side, still as herons,
talking in whispers as if a lovers’ tryst.
He: a single-handed hold
on an up-market scope,
one eye on the birds,
the other tightly shut.
She: two hands grip binoculars
as though they hold a secret;
scuffed and chipped
but doing the job.
On the fringe of the wetland,
two grebes declare themselves,
shake heads, ready
for their elaborate tango.
In the hide, she touches his arm,
code for have you seen?
He thinks of her in that blue cotton dress
at the dance where they met,
and nods his head.
This is no awkward silence,
this is it. Their safe word is teashop.
Not what they dreamed of,
but it’ll do.
John Lawrence, from The boy who couldn't say his name
standing by her door
waiting in the dark
listening for her footsteps
she walks towards him
all his selves uncovered
all the king’s horses
there is no other moment
Alex Reed, from These nights at home, with photos by Keren Banning