Midnight in The Stationery Shop
It’s so quiet,
You could hear a pen drop.
I am clearly not busty
Yet several times I have said that I am
Clearly I meant that I was busy,
Though I have typed the word busty
Frequently enough for it to seem deliberate.
I reassure myself that everyone knows
That if I was truly busty
I would be too busy
To write emails.
Yes. I remember Adlestrop –
The church, because one afternoon
We went inside and had a look
And I wrote a comment in the visitors’ book.
Not lovely or peaceful or simply divine!
No. Something original: a genuine sign
Of my appreciation.
I wrote well maintained
And for a minute you scowled at me
As if to say
I should have been more respectful,
And it seemed that God agreed
As the sky growled and it rained.