Selling up

Sue Spencer

We had sold the house.
Needed to move by
the end of the month.

He said he would be all right,
that he didn't need help,
could do it wearing
his yellow rubber gloves.

When he returned from
the hen house he stayed
silent. Six months later
he still won't talk about it.

Nor dare I mention that
we could have given them
to the neighbours.

Sue Spencer

Sue Spencer lives in Burnopfield in North East Durham with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Lizzie; this is the first poem she has ever had published.

Sue started writing poetry five years ago, and since then her life has never been quite the same. She is completing the Creative Writing MA at Newcastle University this year. Selling Up is one of the poems she is submitting for her final portfolio.

Sue works as Lecturer in Nursing at Northumbria University, and is trying hard to combine her new passion for poetry with teaching the nurses of the future. Sue is also committed to using poetry in health care settings and has recently begun to work with patients, carers and staff at Willow Burn Hospice near Lanchester, exploring how poetry can help sustain people through challenging times in their life.

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