Packed Bags


The man next door left
packed bags outside the flat then,

appeared on the
pavement outside
surrounded by
what I assumed was
Saturday washing.
Alors! So much to wash…
But, no, you said, those are
books and belongings.
His hard won cool while
awaiting a taxi, some friend with
a car to transport him
away from a finished
love affair or short-term stay, a
closed narrative that
ends with our view
of his pose;
indifferent stance
the glut of striped
carry bags looking
like dirtied
Saturday washing.

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