KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE:
Gathered with the ‘like-minds’ last night in a badly lit room.
A disparate bunch, but all with that singular look in the eye.
I start to giggle, like a kid on a fairground ride, a day at the
sea-side, every toy shop open & free. I’m chuckling, fooling around,
shooting the breeze with a relaxed ease I’d forgotten. This is the
source of the soul food, the ‘3’, the long-life battery.
An orange KitKat & a mug of hot black in the company of people who
know how it feels. When the head’s cleared of noise, when nothing
has changed yet everything is different & the elephant got off
years ago I still need to come here to remember. Give back what was
freely given, the only way to keep it. Spilling out into the night,
people I’ve never met before shake my hand & wish me well.
Some geezer I always thought didn’t like me much hugs me…twice.
I’m grinning, we’re laughing, joking, enjoying the night, the cold,
the damp, aware of the approach of Autumn, living in the moment.
Cars light up & pull away, hands wave in windows as they pass.
We get into the car & laugh, some joke about nothing in particular,
at no one’s expense. Driving home between the fields, talking with
a renewed lightness & ease about anything, random stuff like