L and G
Gain forever stealing the quilt
whilst Loss lies facing the wall
cold and crying.
But in the stillness of the night
Gain begins to feel afraid: there is
hidden beneath the mattress
resting upon the next day’s transactions
stacked up and ready to fall upon him
angry people with a stake in his heart.
Gain taps Loss on the shoulder:
“What is it like to be in your place?” he says.
Loss wipes his eyes and turns over,
he thinks for a while then puts his arms around Gain.
“Let me share the quilt and I’ll tell you,” he says.