give close focus
to words and expressions
like reading a good poem

the lemon tree in the kitchen,
the mother in law's tongue

I took it outside,
it reached the ceiling

people bring
splashes of colour
to conversation
like tiny smears of
rain on the window
glinting in a strange light

my skin gets
thinner as I age
I have to be more careful
of breaks and bruises

he says, the dehumidifier
isn't too hot so nothing burns

the heat rises from the bottom
and goes up again

you can make
dried chilli and
kale chips

what's the cost and
how much energy does it use?

the conversation moves on
to succulents and