VCR

1 August 2015

I wasn’t sure it would still
work
the VCR
its postbox
mouth stuffed with a Wombles
video my daughter had fed it
until it jammed
now plugged
into power again gears whir
noisy but effective
my son
fascinated with old technology
is piling up tapes
until I find
a video
with my dad on it
wishing he was not introverted
shying away from the camera
but an extrovert
so I could see
him properly
or hear him again

what I can see shows an old man
cancer already found
and removed
ready to spring back
gears whirring
my son finds this boring
a man
he’s never met
can we put another video on dad?

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