Auntie E.

Five children bribed by the promise
of chocolate cake and a toffee jar
visiting their future.
Her swollen ankles dangle alongside
the twisted fringe of her chair
with dust trapped in each turn.
Porcelain cats and dogs line
every flat surface to reconcile
the domestic void.
An almost empty fridge is
only stocked for visitors now
while the china fruit bowl
holds an over-ripe banana
and a pair of abandoned glasses.
Her face lighting up does not
make the trip worthwhile –
until years have passed.
Then once again the same cat
reminds you of your future
and her well-loved past.

Thanks to Mel Blount for the original inspiration, “cat, banana, fringe”.

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