grounded

There is a kind of love called maintenance,
Which stores the WD40 and knows when to use it;

Which checks the insurance, and doesn’t forget
The milkman; which remembers to plant bulbs;

Which answers letters; which knows the way
The money goes; which deals with dentists

And Road Fund tax and meeting trains,
And postcards to the lonely; which upholds

The permanently rickety elaborate
Structures of living; which is Atlas.

And maintenance is the sensible side of love,
Which knows what time and weather are doing
To my brickwork; insulates my faulty wiring;
Laughs at my dryrotten jokes; remembers
My need for gloss and grouting; which keeps
My suspect edifice upright in air;
As Atlas did the sky.

Atlas, by UA Fanthorpe

Inspiration from Sidey’s weekend theme: tellurian, and from Belle Fierce’s parents.

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12 thoughts on “grounded”

  1. “There is a kind of love called maintenance,
    Which stores the WD40 and knows when to use it;”

    I need some WD40 for my joints today! Wonderful poetry.

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