Sex at Sixty

After your parents-on-holiday single bed
where we read the condom instructions
it was driving with great care and attention
in search of leafy farm tracks and laybys.
It was bracken-patterns on the knees
and cheeky flies on the bum, sunlight
burning through closed eyelids
and flashing off distant binoculars.
Now I prefer comfort, to wake beside you
cuddled up to morning glory, with no
tutting mother or breakfast-time children,
no need for anyone but each other.
But I still like the curtains and the window
to be open to the memories of sunshine.

Sue Millard

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