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To a Teaspoon

Thirty years ago
I bought you from a shop in
Hull: long-handled and

Elegant, cheap yet
Functional - perfect for those
Student meals of

Creamed rice straight out of
The tin or for extracting
Those dried-on coffee

Granules from the
Bottom of the jar; and when
I returned to Norfolk

You came too - somehow
Surviving half-a-dozen
House moves when all

Other cutlery
And crockery was lost; and
In thirty year's time

Will you, I wonder,
Still be there when the children
Rummage through our

Last belongings to
Decide what goes to landfill
Or to charity

And might easily
Over-look a commonplace
Old spoon, ignorant

Of your long-handled
History and how finally
You outlasted me.





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