Remember that night you were coming home late
And I stood up at the window in the door while you were putting your key in the lock?
You screamed blue murder and alarmed the neighbours
While I crossed my legs and we laughed til our bellies ached.
Remember that night I came home to an unexpected correspondance;
I fell to my knees at your door and wept?
You too wore out knees and tissues
While I grieved and doubted and raged, we sobbed til our throats were raw.
Remember I used to leave ends of old baguette on the kitchen counter
Like a little present unasked for but not entirely unexpected?
You’d smile and leave it there til I’d remember what I’d done
And we’d laugh and sit down to eat your diet soup without bread while the cat scratched at our jeans.
Remember we refused to get a television because we were oh so cultured darling,
And we put your PC in the corner out of the way, because there was nowhere else for it?
You’d casually switch it on, slip a DVD in the drive and with a sideward glance at my nod
We’d watch Friends back to back til bedtime.
Remembered vignettes of a shared life, a witnessed life, a different life;
Moving in, moving out, moving on…
Things change, memories make it worthwhile
But now I have to do all the dishes.