CER (27th March 1990 / Singapore)

About His Person

Five pounds fifty in change, exactly,
a library card on its date of expiry.

A postcard stamped,
unwritten, but franked,

a pocket size diary slashed with a pencil
from March twenty-fourth to the first of April.

A brace of keys for a mortise lock,
an analogue watch, self winding, stopped.

A final demand
in his own hand,

a rolled up note of explanation
planted there like a spray carnation

but beheaded, in his fist.
A shopping list.

A givaway photgraph stashed in his wallet,
a kepsake banked in the heart of a locket.

no gold or silver,
but crowning one finger

a ring of white unweathered skin.
That was everything.

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A lovely tribute and finely constructed. Wouldn't be suprised if this one finds itself slightly amended onto a few birthday cards written by PH contributors. .... hope you sent it to her as an e-card! .
This poem is dedicated to my dearest cousin Joanne on her 21st birthday!