I could have told the truth
sometimes fact seems more unlikely than fiction
or more contrived,
more straining of credibility.
My loved one had an accident,
brought back from the dead – literally
thank God for vigilance, helicopters
and her brother-in-law.
The rates invoice from the City Council
remained unnoticed and unpaid
by more than a week
when attention remembered – 10% penalty.
Late, I said to the woman to counter
no reason, I knew to … simply forgot …
She asked if I had a cheque-book
“ if you write one with the due date
I started … then forgot to complete processing.”