Frankie keeps out of Dad’s way

He stays at Aunty Dolly’s, works
at the Singing Hinny, goes swimming
with Corinne.
He says, as they lap the pool:
Why did Grandad
go so far away, make it all so final?
Turning over all the words
in the letter, he tries to see
the bigger picture.
And I cannot ask Paul round, after what happened.
Aye, but at least yer Mam and Dad
both know. Even if they say nowt.

When Frank moves back, nothing’s mentioned –
the recent events, the letter.
Dad won’t
meet his eye, keeps his counsel.

Frankie decides there’s nothing to be done
but accept the situation for the moment.

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