Woman Waiting for the Luas, Tallaght, 8.20am

Dermot Bolger

Collect my black skirt from the dry cleaners,

Then party napkins, potty trainers, crackers

For cheese and wine when parents collect

All of Sarah’s new friends from the crèche:

Toilet rolls, paper towel to mop up party spills,

Foil-wrapped choc lollipops for going home bags,

Hoover bags, choc drops so our dog with bad breath

Won’t start sighing, also feeling left out and slighted:

Sunday’s dinner, a DVD I might persuade John to watch

When we’re finally alone – with his birthday princess in bed:

Something, anything, to remind him then that I still exist.

 

 

Woman Waiting for the Luas, Tallaght, 8.20am

 

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