Jeremy Page

How Not to Forget

Place his wooden spirit level
on the shelf above the stairs
so you see it with every descent.
Keep his six-inch ruler
in the drawer of your desk.

Hang the scarf she knitted
alongside your favourite coat.
Keep her signed portrait
of Gina Lollobrigida
on your chest of drawers.

And on your mantlepiece
place that photo of the couple
in Eastbourne the spring
before they married, before
they ever dreamed of you.

Jeremy Page has published several collections of poems, among them In and Out of the Dark Wood
(HappenStance, 2010) and Closing Time (Pindrop, 2014), and translations of Catullus, Leopardi, Rimbaud, Verlaine and Boris Vian. His novella London Calling was published by Cultured Llama in 2018. He is the founding editor of The Frogmore Papers.