Not For You by Sarah L Dixon

I am not a silent poet

Not my favourite scarf
or my best corduroy coat.
No eye-liner eyes
or powdered blush.

I take notes
in a stocking-filler notebook.
No rounded pages,
flowery covers or unicorns.
A simple ring-bound A6 volume
with a plastic cover.
For you no flourishes, no hearts,
no sketches of aardvark noses.

In the front I write
‘commitments’.

Commitment
not to love
as partner
or mother
but
a commitment
to invest less time
with both lover
and son.

These letters refuse to join.
Record in stark print
my vows to Theresa May.

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