On the Cusp of Another Birthday
at the Department Store of Loss —
pockets full of the currency of memory —
I talk to myself to breach the silence,
at how the stock has grown
though nothing is on sale here,
nothing is free,
and at how easy it is
to fill my shopping bags
not to walk out the door
without leaving my heart on a shelf.
David Adès is an Australian poet whose most recent book ‘Afloat in Light’ is available through UWA Publishing at https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/afloat-in-light.