A taxi for Mr Smith

They arrived
at 7.30
to make the collection
into the transit
hired for the new job

I was asleep
didn’t hear the sound of the
lock
or the sound of boots on the stairs

Didn’t wake
not for five days

they said I was one of the longest out

I didn’t know
had never heard of it
so nothing to compare

I didn’t see their faces
don’t know if they had any
(features, that is)
my mind was focussed elsewhere
not on making contact

We talked briefly
they told me what I wanted to know
and let me sleep
a restful mind, see, is a happy one
at least
that’s what they’d have you believe

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