Custodians of Kerry

April 20, 2012

We are the custodians of Kerry
we take her calls,

we answer the door
to her visiting debtors

collect her letters
from the Water Board.

We cannot pass a number.
We are not able
to provide an address.
We forward no envelopes –

like sending a letter to Mother Christmas
we place in recycling
and utter prayers.

We are the custodians of Kerry;
the receivers and guardians
the trustees of ghosts.

We tell a friend
she’s no longer living
in this house
she has no coat.

We tell the gas man
she left no cheque.
We tell the bank
we cannot help.

We tell the kitchen
she has gone,
the bedroom and stairs
already know.

We are the custodians of Kerry
send no bills,
parcels,
notes

Send no mail-order
a5 catalogues
of silver jewellery
and bonus points

She left a photo
in the meter cupboard
the parts for the cat flap
in a cardboard box

She left the manual
for the burglar alarm,
a razor in the bathroom
lighter in the bedroom,
open door,

puff of smoke.

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