My Parents Morning

Dogs on hardwood floors
Light passing into
Soft rooms
Arriving gentle soul
Guiding 8 legs out
Soft slipper shuffle
Mum’s sleepy smiles
Gingerly touching the day
Around a round table
Food arrives with a steady hand
Dad stretches into place
Bacon, eggs, fruit, oatmeal, coffee & tea
Dogs settle in
Quiet voices plan
Treats dispensed
As pills are swallowed
Papers shuffled nothing read
Mum retreats to reappear
Only to disappear for a quiet moment
Dad now in his city view
Papers moved papers lost
Getting dressed for the day
Forgotten in the paper trail
Words exchanged
Touches given
Progress slow
Back to bed
Start again.
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