Silver Anniversary

Eventually, my military drilled
boarding school stationed
karate black belt dad
gave up on moving mum’s heels
from the living room, scarf from the sofa
flats in the kitchen, earrings by the china
getting there on time…

and she too has ignored
his bullet proof snores, CNN & caffeine addiction
phlegymy wake up coughs
toothpick picking, salted peanuts snacking
talking to strangers when she wants to go home timing

and they clink their non-alcoholic glasses
to another fifty years of acceptance.