Retirement Flat

This little flat is my home
now I live on my pension.

Three bedrooms’ worth of
household contents reduced to
two bedrooms worth for storage
while I worked abroad.
My boxes and furniture now
packed in so tightly
it’s hard to squeeze
from room to room.

Square by square
in this Rubik’s cube
I ease contents from boxes
into cupboards and drawers.
I empty bookshelves,
move them again,
return their books
to their shelves.
Daylight comes through
windows as I take boxes
down from sideboards.

I am slowly fitting into
the glove of my flat,
the sleeve of my pension.



Previously posted March 2016.

Retirement Flat

12 thoughts on “Retirement Flat

  1. I went through something similar with a friend a few years back. She had been renting a room and finally found a one-bedroom in London. Then she closed down her three-bedroom flat here and moved what she could into her new flat in London. Now, three years later, she is still living in a maze around boxes of books too precious to part with but still lacking in the room for more bookshelves. One does not move without their precious books but rent in London is dear.

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