Smelling salts

think I’ll lay here for a while to
‘gather myself’

oh god!
‘gather myself?’
where did that come from?

Grandma used to say that, but she was ancient,
a Victorian Lancastrian.

I can’t be her age already
that wouldn’t be cricket
and not British either,

Keeping a stiff upper lip
keeping the rest of things private.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.