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“I’m home, dear.  The train was late.”

Silence.  More silence.  Strange.

Note on the kitchen table.


She’s left me!

She even says there isn’t another man – was I so hard to live with?

Why didn’t she say?

Why, why?


“What’s happened, Dad?”

She’s gone, had enough, she says.

No, don’t know where.

Alright, you can watch Neighbours.

Yes, I know your mum doesn’t let you.


Pizza – your favourite!


Go to bed, I need to think.

Scotch.  Double.

Don’t think.




Come on, get up! You’ll be late!

School uniform –where, dammit?

Packed lunch – cola and crisps


Shit, she’s taken the car.

Call the office, let them know – No, don’t, too embarrassing.

Got to think.


Silence.  More silence.  Hear my own thoughts.

Was I so bad?

Why didn’t I see the signs?

What could I have done?  (Too late now.)

What now?


Mmm, maybe I didn’t listen enough.

I never gave her time.

But my work was so important.

I had to work hard, didn’t I?


I remember.

There was a time when we loved.

May Balls, candlelit dinners,

Before the boys,

A long long time ago.


Then family holidays, Bridport.

Laughing and splashing,

Making sandcastles.

The boys were small then.


Time passed, we just grew apart.

She had her girlfriends,

I had my computer.

Further and further apart.


I should have seen it coming.

If only I’d seen it coming…..

Ring ring.


Mind far away, daren’t dream it might be her.

But it is.




Chris Moller, 19th May 2005.


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