Before you the house was tidier
Before you I had time to fill
Before you I looked at kissing couples with rolling eyes
And wore my cynic’s coat with pride.
Before you I was OK and not quite myself.
Before you I got enough sleep
Except on nights I thrashed under sheets with strangers
And woke up sore and unlovable.
Now your shoes are in my hall
Now your head sleeps on my pillow
Now there’s more washing up
And not enough time to do All The Things.
Now I smile at love songs
And look at myself differently.
Now my eyes wear stars,
And sleep, and housework, can wait.
In time, best case scenario,
I’ll trip over the shoes
Sulk over the dishes
Tut at snores and stains and the unmade bed,
And try to remember when
The shoes the plates the songs the head
Were new and endearing, in the time
Just after the time before you.