(After Andy Brown)

Because my children are briefly sleeping under the same roof

Becuase Col and Lucy and M and T are coming on New Year’s Eve

Because the sun is finally shining

Because these quiet days after Christmas

Because Palace are playing Chelsea on the weekend and Merenna is taking me

Because I have an undiscovered Joni Mitchell CD to listen to

Because I have been given a new notebook

Because Hussein kept the home fires burning

Because a friend has texted offering to collaborate

Because books are in the pipeline and no one has said anything about them yet

Because the evenings are already a shade lighter


Because everything seems possible

Because suddenly it is clear to me what I must do