Untitled Sonnet

‘Mince and tatties’ and mushy peas (a)

Crossed words by the green baize (b)

Old pictures that I’ll always see (a)

Memories of you on summer days (b)

Winter night sing songs by fire’s side (c)

Your rich baritone held fast a crowd (d)

A creeping suffering you did bravely hide (c)

There’s nobody singing to me now (d)

Cold hospital bed, at each side family lined (e)

Heaven only seems a step away (f)

To preserve your memory, I stubbornly declined (e)

In the Giant’s garden we no longer play (f)

Summers since, never the same (g)

Heaven’s glad you came (g)