He was comfortable
in his pyjamas – less
to undo [auld dignity
tied – a cord] – I saw
it [him] with lasting
love’s touch to hand
[that is not my likely
future – no one near –
no perception of any
assured ages for me
for such a time] – No
partner will be asked
to turn me [slow] to
clear my chest or set
other daunting tasks
in my quiet bedroom
as sunlight flickers in
[my expectations nil]