Regime change

Sams_photo_of_mandyby Mandy Macdonald21 Mar 2014

It’s all change around here:
sentences of banishment have been pronounced
on the bottom tier of the wedding cake
twenty-two winters untasted, armoured still
in marzipan, sugar, blue willow-pattern tin
and, latterly, rust;
on the Christmas presents that never made it to wanted,
the humorous mugs drunkenly bought
in tourist villages and error,
the long-retired thrillers, ageing and frail,
the singleton socks that lost their deposits,
the dozens of rotten biros;
at the grass roots, old bus tickets,
cobwebs,
mouse droppings, fluff –

Out with them all! sweep them away!
Make room, new broom,
for a new order:
cabinet reshuffle!