Stan & Maud

“What time is it..?
I’m losing track, Maud. What d’yer say…
 
“Maud..? ‘Bout time you had a wash…

“…I think we should go out…
…maybe tomorrow, I think…

“I don’t trust anybody ’round here; don’t know who they are…
How long have we lived here..? We worked hard to get this place… Used to be a nice street…

“That front door lets in a January chill though… I’ve board it up a bit more…
I can’t open that back door, swollen too much… Haven’t got the strength now…

“They’ve been banging on our front door again…

“Hey are you not going to drink that tea I’ve made you… It’ll be getting cold…
I’ve had mine and taken the tablets…

“Look at yer… yer look so funny… Y’know, once upon a time you wouldn’t have dressed like that would you… You still look lovely to me…
I say you look like you’re losing a bit of weight as well, ’round the…

“I don’t like people around here… I don’t go out so much… well we both don’t go out much…

“We’ve got each other…

“Ohh, mi leg… so sore, sore mother…

“I think cold in ‘ere, shall I put heating on, put wood on the fire… I think there’s something else we can burn…

“I’ve a piece of coal somewhere…

“I can still hear them outside… Her down the street she’s a vulgar tongue…
She says our house smells… more her dogs… big things; she lets them mess in our garden…

“Have I to put our record on and should we talk again about the good old days…
I saved a few of the records, the ones we play more of… didn’t burn them in the hearth…

“I’ll have to find some more wood though…

“Remember how we used to dance on the beach before war came and took our George…

“Oh Maud, why did he have to die…
Why did they make him go to war…? 
I know Maud, I shouldn’t think back and get myself all upset…
Aye, a tear Maud, mard-arse ain’t I…

“What was that tune..?
Shall we have a dance now, would you like..?
“Maybe not yet…

“Are you comfortable on that settee, warm enough..?

“You used to say, we’ve to move with the times, Stan… remember move with the times or we’ll get left behind…
What time is it? What day is it..?

“I won’t put light on yet, don’t want to let them know…

“I’ve been thinking about things again… and come to a decision…
I’ll not let them take yer… You wait here with me… We’ll go together…

“See what I’ve found upstairs in an old drawer. Your old scarf and a couple of old pennies…

“I’ll place them on your eyes now and tie up your jaw stop it slipping…

“I’ll not let them take you in some box to be burnt… You rest in peace here while I wait for those tablets to take me as well!”

TGW
story by John Riley

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