© Frances Livings (photograph)



Honey‘s for mothers
jam is for girls
with strawberry mouths
and lemon curd curls

Soldiers in yoke
line up for little boys
with snotty freckled noses
and far too many toys

Hot milky coffee‘s
for an early bird
clouded with cream
and carefully stirred

Fried eggs on toast
I‘ll prepare for my lover
for breakfast in bed
with crumbs on the cover

Marmalade is
for when you‘re alone
feet in warm slippers
best friend on the phone

© Frances Livings 2000

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