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.
The Salvation Army
take the overflow.
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.

First posted 17 March 2016

Retirement Flat