On my kitchen dresser stands a duck
Wilfred is my right-hand man.
reminds me when my bed needs changing.
Sometimes he does the washing-up.
plying me with hankies and cough mixture,
rubbing my chest with Vicks Vaporub
so I turn a blind eye when I find him on his back,
orange webbed feet waving in the air.
Every morning at breakfast while I eat my toast
he entertains me with a croaky rendition of Shenandoah.
Jennie Farley is a published poet, teacher and workshop leader living in Cheltenham. Her work has featured in many poetry magazines and been performed at Festivals. Her first collection is My Grandmother Skating (Indigo Dreams Publishing 2016) followed by Hex (IDP 2018). She founded and runs NewBohemians@CharltonKings, a popular arts club providing poetry, performance and music throughout the year.You can find out more information about Jennie's work on her website: jenniefarleypoetry.wordpress.com