Unborn to this unworld,
this unearth I unlearned

in school, met a lass
who said she was unready

to be unwed, so we unmarried
after three months of uncourting.

She unbore our first kid
after six months whilst I unworked

in unemployment, unexpectedly
unpromoted to undermanager

so we unbought our first unhome,
unfurnitured it, after undecorating.

I had an unallottment where I ungrew
carrots and potatoes and cabbages.

She undied after seven years unfighting
lung cancer. I never unmarried.

Unbring up our second child,
untell her unstories of our unlived unlife.


Paul Brookes

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