SIXTEEN OCCASIONAL POEMS
2 – WINTER HOUSEKEEPING
Poem: Alasdair Gray © 2005
In weather like this the homeless can hardly live
and every year sees more of them, none of them me.
I give to beggars of course, though charity
prolongs their pain. So do market forces.
Strong brains who tackle problems of this kind
need the protection of a cosy house
or several. I manage with only two
love these freezing slushy
home in bed here, holding and held by you.