with messages found behind wallpaper
photos buried in pelmets
strangers smiling back.
Walls disappear, make way for a glossy kitchen,
have visitors asking, ‘Who lived here?’
Filigree ceiling dust settled for too long disappears.
Orphaned keys in a jar under the sink.
Walls, floors and ceilings gouged,
leaving gaps where only memories lie.
Children once filled every room: cots to king-size beds,
long legs sliding out of a too small divan.
One day this house will be empty of us.
Meet the Poet
Tom Kelly is a Jarrow-born writer now living happily further up the Tyne at Blaydon. He has had eleven books of poetry, short stories and a play published in as many years. His new poetry collection THIS SMALL PATCH has recently been re-printed by Red Squirrel Press. His second short story collection, NO LOVE RATIONS, will be published in April, 2022.