the chicken made it worse

I roasted a chicken tonight

(root vegetables scattered round,

inside herbs onions apples).

there was even gravy.

I thought how much

you would enjoy the atmosphere

in the kitchen.  but you are

far (regrettably far) away.

I did the best  I could

to ward off the cold the wet the lonely:

a lovely golden blessing bird

with healing in its wings.

and now, here I am

searching online recipes

in a coffeeshop round the corner

when what i really wanted

was to stay at home

and listen to you smile.

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