From an Office-Chair

I have no doubt that his bum is as fat as ever
but there is a lightness on Friday morning
As if he has shed 10kg during the night
which will be reclaimed over the weekend.

His fingers click on the keyboard
faster than usual, yet simultaneously un-hurried
A gaiety unheard throughout the week
now decorates his voice
Having graduated from grunts to whole sentences
he even offers to buy the sausage rolls

Mid-afternoon a tapping foot
beats out rhythms of anticipation

I feel a lightness of step through the floorboards
a lazy drifting grace in legs perambulating at intervals

He is lighter again, and lighter still
His absence only fully realised long after the fact
echoes of distant voices fade to nothing
the room is quiet now
and still.

I shall sleep for two days


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