Recycling

We’re maybe half a mile away, returning
home from shopping, and there dancing in
the middle of the road – a random, manic
but clearly enthusiastic and self-amusing
caper – the bin-man is wearing a crushed, tan
straw hat as he carries a recycling bag
back to the house from where he had jigged
it to his lorry, the hat once her’s and earlier
this morning in our own big green sack. And
even though she is sitting next to me I know
she’ll not want to see as I always somehow
have to that here is a moment’s illumination
of a different life being lived as it could be.

 

Mike Ferguson’s most recent poetry collection is the sonnets chapbook Precarious Real [Maquette Press, 2016]. A retired English teacher, he co-authored the education text Writing Workshops [Cambridge University Press, 2015].