I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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20 January 2012

Respite Carer

For the first time
I call on emergency respite 
so I can go out:
chiropractor today,
doctor next week.

How will he cope with this,
being baby-sat like a child?

When I come home,
they are watching Shakespeare in Love.
She hasn’t seen it before.

‘You don’t have to leave,’ he says,
as she rises and gathers her bag.
‘Stay and watch the rest.’ 
She sits back down at once.

At the end, when she does leave,
they hug each other goodbye.
‘See you Monday!’

Submitted for Poets United Thursday Think Tank #81 - Goodbyes. 


  1. Enjoyed this, Rosemary. I had almost forgotten about that movie.

  2. A hundred goodbyes and each one is personal, individual, and worth the read.

    Good job.

  3. Oh this is so touching. I'm glad it went so well. This is so tender, Rosemary.

  4. Oh, now I want to watch this movie ;D
    This is tender and sweet~

  5. Sometimes good company is the best medicine, nice read.

  6. Like this...not really good bye but see you next week ~

    1. aww that is awesome...can def be stressful...and not always work out so well...but i am glad it did...

  7. Thank you all for sharing my rejoicing. :)

  8. I try never to say 'Goodbye' always try to say "See you soo. This is poignant, heart felt and gentle. Glad it has a happy ending.

  9. Good company is always one of the best medicines we can have. It's right there next to laughter. This is a very well written piece, thank you for sharing =) Enjoyed the read very much!

  10. This is lovely and very human. I like the way you capture the apprehension and relief and comfort in this poem.

  11. The Monday has now come and gone, and went even better! I left them discussing his writing, and came home to find him urging her to write a book herself, based on what she was telling him of the advice she gives her children.