My Neighbour Left Us Today

My neighbour left us today.

She left in a brown wooden box

The road partially blocked 

Whilst buses mounted pavements

To slip past at their own funereal pace.

My neighbour left us today.

A pocket of grief on our street 

A sad bubble around her door

Whilst normal life surrounds it,

Letters posted, coffees purchased.

My neighbour left us today.

I didn’t know her name until this morning

When the flowers spelt it out 

Whilst we had spoken we never exchanged much.

She was Iris.

Iris left us today.

A.Smith March 25th 2021

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