For Elle

I never treat myself.
You’ve told me.
But when I do,
I hunt for pennies,
Stretched across weeks and months,
Without ease.

Then I surprise you.
You show me.
A life among millions,
A wealth without numbers,
Shrunk into words and lines,
Like these.


(Image: ‘Long Runs the Fox’, Dermot McConaghy, Belfast. Photo credit uncertain).