The Thomases at Number 2
had those four kids, youth’s depth charge,
and Jerry working bursts and shifts
to get the readies
for the big TV, the gear, the copiousness.
At Number 4, they cultivated Dad.
Adulated. Cringed. Dad’s tea, Dad’s dinner
and at night, as the television sang celebrity,
on blacks and blondes and bastards.
Sid and Cherie, childless, Number 6,
their rituals ranged on dressers,
packed in lavender.
Grandma, at Number 8, alone,
but visited by her son and Charlotte, six.
A den, with brambled garden,
with coloured shapes and prospects.
When the coach crashed outside,
they all (except for Dad: bad back)
went out to help
with blankets, wiping cuts, hot tea.