by Julian Stannard
When someone asks, Could I have
a sandwich with some cheese in it?
I will say No sandwiches today!
And if anyone should ask for coffee
I will say, Hot water not working.
Shocking, isn’t it?
I will wheel my trolley from one end
of the train to the other, smiling
magnificently at everyone.
And when a lady asks,
I don’t suppose you’ve got
a piece of shortbread
some lovely, lovely shortbread?
I will say, No my dear
all the lovely shortbread has gone.
With kind permission of the poet