I Remember When – a poem about………

I remember when
you got me a Spectrum computer
friends shared games
copying tape to tape
ignoring copyright piracy
we lived like gangsters.

I remember when
you made me play football
I was shit
yet you still found me a team
and I played
for your affection despite all criticism.

I remember when
half a bottle of gin
wiped me out completely
making me spew my guts
I was only 15
you soothed me as I cried.

I remember when
counseling was advised
you came to the surgery
told me I wasn’t crazy
encouraged me to be medicated
advising that all would be calm soon.

I remember when
she called frequently
you answered the phone constantly
reminding me aggressively
that you weren’t my secretary
forcing us to disconnect.

I remember when
you hated the music I listened to
compared it to your past
lamented my youth
for not appreciating art
as you switched off MTV Rocks.

I remember when
your heart arrested
breaking you completely
stealing your life from you
how you struggled on after
a shadow of who you were.

I remember when
you said I love you
then passed away
laid out cold and dead
I held your hand tightly
shedding a life of tears.

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