Hermit’s Morning

To Dorothy, On My Days While You’ve Been in Hospital

High time to rise and brew strong tea
And be the things I ought to be:
Indentured swallower of pills,
Payer of long forgotten bills,
Late filler of the tomcat’s bowl,
Prospector for a fresh mouse hole,
Exchanger on the net of words,
Slave suet-source for ingrate birds,
Dull contemplator, philosophe,
Excessive poundage slougher-off,
In-fetcher of the Sunday Times,
Ignorer of church steeple chimes,
Dishwasher-emptier, recluse,
Slogger through day though what’s the use.