Every day we
should buy flowers
or candles
or bottles for water
or plastic knives and forks —
anything can have a use in war.
We shouldn’t buy toys,
shouldn’t leaf through books.
We should hoard sunglasses
and umbrellas and lighters.
We should always keep biscuits
and a box of matches in our pocket
to give to someone, or to set something on fire.
We need a handkerchief, too,
for bleeding hands or burning eyes.
When the mail is delivered again,
every day a postcard
with news that we’re alive
will reach our friends.
Maybe they will come here
to search for us
where people who are always searching
are lost.


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