Old man on a chair, watercolour 1956

We used to be
didn’t we?
then we went our separate ways
you into the night and I
into the distance of those lonely
days
watching interminable television plays
based on love and romance

let loose and yet
instead of playing the field
I became a recluse
preferring to be alone
seeking no company
needing no one to comfort me
just me and the TV
and yet we
used to be
I can’t forget that.

© 2018, John Smallshaw.