Tuesday, 20 May 2014

'You'd Rather Not'

you don’t like to talk about it, but
you know people who’ve done it

you feel to speak of it might
tempt fate, edging it closer

you don’t  write instructions
you’ve no special folder

your wishes are the same as everyone’s
you seek to be exempted

sprinkle some Growmore around the roses
put an aspirin in the tulips’ water

turn the clock’s face to the wall
step out into sunshine

impossible to imagine, all your plum trees
flowering and fruiting without you

© Sue Norton

Sue Norton lives and writes in York.