LOVE AND THE FINER THINGS
not a German bellarmine jug
but a real wheelchair
with his left hand
flopped over the side.
It could never afford delftware,
though there were tunes
the fields, the fence, the firs,
were as dainty and detailed
as punchbowl decoration
It was willing to sacrifice
a Ming fish jar,
Spode earthenware hot-water plate
and a kind of dance
when you lift him into bed.
had in mind the Royal Doulton
and the green glazed tripod vessel
but settled on the weathered palm,
your fingers wrapped inside it,
like the roots of an ancient flower.
just an ordinary paperweight;
not St Louis crown.
A bare bulb,
no silver gilt figured candlestick.
despite their worth,
the artisans are long dead.
And you are poor but breathing still.
Love takes that it into account.