OLD FOLKS

BATEL AND SHIRT SLEEVES.

Batel was showing me
how to fold up
my shirt sleeves
although I knew how

 

I liked her fingers
touching my arm
her eyes searching me
as she did it

 

got it?
she asked
sure it looks easy
when you do it

 

she walked off smiling
and I watched her
wiggling backside
move away

 

I carried on
with my work
at the nursing home
making beds

 

tidying up
the rooms
taking some
of the old guys

 

to the lavatory
or for a bath
or talking with them
about the old days

 

about their war
trenches
bombs
dead friends

 

mud
lice
and old Sidney
singing the Red Flag

 

loudly as he bathed
his croaky voice
very moving
and I sang along

 

to make him happy
but it was Batel
who came to me later
and said

 

how's the shirt sleeves?
they’ve come down again
I said
shall I do them

 

again for you?
that'd be good
you are flirting
she said smiling

 

I’m working
I said
yes
on me

 

she said
as if I would
I said
she folded up

 

my shirt sleeves
and I sensed her fingers
on my skin
maybe you could

 

come to my place
she said
for a coffee sometime?
you're married

 

I said
I’m asking to coffee
not to marry me
she said

 

ok
I said
be good
and she went off

 

wiggling that backside
of hers
Hey Benny
old George

 

called to me
take me to the bog
I'm in need
of a piss

 

ok George
I’m on my way
and I thinking of Batel
and a promise of a kiss.

 

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