Cheques and Balances
Something’s not right, correct, proper,
It feels offset and out of order;
As I reach for my receipt from painted nails
A painted smile spits goodbye as off I go.
My designer shoes feel light and soft
But still not right,
Yet I can’t find what ails my mind.
I’ve forgotten something,
Perhaps behind in that boutique,
Perhaps at home lying in my study
Or on my pine and cast-iron bed.
No, that’s not it. It’s in my head
What I have left but cannot say;
A nagging, niggling, gnawing ache
That will not go away to leave me be.
A sub-conscious plea escapes
From time to time and throws a thought
Towards the front, yet shares an outline
Of a blurry recollection.
Still I try to force it through but to no end.
So now I stop in hope renewed
That I have oiled the rusty door
Behind which this damn point will lurk no more.
I plod along Italian tiles
Past marble columns that gleam like ice;
That give reflection to my stride
And all my shiny bags
With all my necessary items
Gently placed inside.
It hits me then, explodes upon the clawing brain.
Belatedly it has dawned on me;
The reason for my being so annoyed and discontented.
I stare around to finally see
That commerce feeds upon our greed;
And as sickness catches hold of me
A parent somewhere, steeped in grief,
Cannot find the food to feed their child.