Before the Snow Comes



Before the Snow Comes


They say the roads down your way

are still passable with care.

If you go now you’ll get home

before the snow gets here.


It was good to see you

after all these years. Thank you

for remembering it was my birthday,

and for all those flowers…


But go now

before you would need to stay the night;

maybe longer, if the forecast is right.


You’d be in the spare room

with me awake next door,

wondering if you’ll snore, or talk

in your sleep. Maybe say her name.


You would breakfast at my table

like a husband. See me without make-up

in the morning light.


But you should call her now,

and say you’ll not be late.

Don’t wait, and see your gifted flowers fade.

Go now. Before the snow comes.



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