First published in October 2019

Not funny when
you don't recognise
a neighbour
in the street, a joke
to be shared if
you take home
tomato chutney
instead of
strawberry jam.

'But I'm sure
it was on the jam shelf,'
you protest. 'Not
to worry,' he says,
'I like tomato chutney.'
But not on trifle you think
to yourself. So shopping's
become a lottery.
More seriously,
you don't drive, miss
the top step at times,
mistake the Gents
for the Ladies, shatter
the odd empty wine glass.
But there's one advantage -

when you look in the mirror
you don't see the wrinkles.