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Father's Tool Shed
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We never embraced,
 1
though once or twice
 2
i got near enough
 3
to feel his breath upon my face
 4
as i gazed beyond his left shoulder
 5
into the haze of his workman like days
 6
reduced as he shrank, became older.
 7
 
 
Paraphernalia collected
 8
through various stages of his life lay neglected
 9
You can’t hold tight to that you’re not part of.
 10
One day soon i will load a skip
 11
take it down the recycling tip
 12
watch men in fluorescent coats,
 13
run fingers over spanners, hammers,
 14
spirit levels and gardening rotas
 15
not having one iota
 16
regarding the pain in my heart
 17
as if his much used all purpose knife
 18
handle bound and re bound tight
 19
had been pushed deep
 20
through the core of my life.
 21

17 May 17


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