If you find it hard to say goodbye
try putting on a silly voice.
Say, “bahhhh”, or “bi-eeeee”.
Practise and soon no one
will be able to tell the difference.
As a child I developed a fear
that if, when saying goodnight,
I did not also say, “I’ll see you in the morning”,
my parents would not survive the night.
I have kept them alive for all these years.
Today I received a phone call.
The voice of the man I last loved
was on the other end of the line.
It was a pre-recorded message.
He was asking me to support his campaign.
We are no longer on speaking terms.
If you find it hard to say goodbye,
provide a decoy and leave
while their backs are turned.
This is your only magic trick –
perform it with a flourish.