Sunshine, Dog Hair and Helium
Summer in a small Welsh market town
and the dog was moulting
and Lily would tuck some of his hair
between the pages of her library books
before she took them back.
She saw me watching her and said,
“It’s ok, he likes to go to the library
but he’s not allowed in any more
so I’m smuggling him in this way.”
Later that same day
coming out of Woolworths
I bought my four-year-old a helium balloon,
silver and purple, and told him
about the helium mines in California
and he looked at me in the same way
I’d looked at Lily.
Published on April 17th 2023
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