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House Call

We were on the border then,
the border of growing up,
all discovered
and become practitioner … if not proficient.

A property owning democracy
what one leader ordained our country
a pithy elect me slogan
in Western post-colonial capitalism
more come of age than marriage,
or child.
Either could happen by chance
ill or good
but property takes discipline
and application.

very tight – money
dreams – character bungalow – cottage garden
stippled with sunshine
wood panelling
bay window and leadlights
brick courtyard and trees
roses and planter beds.

Price – possible … just –
if next week’s salary included.

Fees: valuation
loan deposit
mortgage insurance
nothing left
what about structural integrity?

Try the council someone said
the person at the counter said, “ I am a building inspector ”
“ we’re regulatory … compliance, not commercial –
you need to hire someone who does.”
It must have been my face…..
…..“your first home?” – Yes
 ………. what’s the address?”



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.