Our closest have lives to live and enjoy –
delayed redundancy in our sick bed-employ

Carers – co-sufferers – careers not chosen –
tend the disconnected – the mumblers and frozen

Altered – shameful – re-written contracts –
No wedded-bliss when we ill cannot act

Wives – husbands – family – relatives old –
airbrushed awareness as age takes hold

My prop – my chained-helper – engaged far too cheap –
Her offset disbursement being too tired to weep

When care is passed on – hear my atheist-prayer –
I ask her forgiveness for our marriage – unfair