Dear Sweet Harry
Thank you for being so tantalising
that when you died, a man made a list
of everything in your house; all your tools,
every needle and every kernel of corn.
Secrets and vices notwithstanding,
you will always have a spot on my
mental mantelpiece. Not wedged in
amongst this year’s crowd. And not
near the end, where you might fall off.
I will imagine you in a short sleeved shirt
looking for the history of magic
in second hand bookshops.
The show coming soon enough.
From Dear Sweet Harry (page 56) by Lynn Jenner
Published by Auckland University Press
Used with the permission of Auckland University Press
This poem has been posted as part of the Tuesday Poem scheme