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Got The T-Shirt: Missing

Steph Spiers' poem express the nadir of loss, felt particularly keenly at Christmas time.

Missing you is being bullied in Miss Ashworth’s class,

Missing you is bare feet crunching on broken glass,

Missing you is the world switching over to ‘Mute’,

Missing you is hurting over a friend’s dispute,

Missing you is buying chips without salt,

Missing you is everything’s always my fault,

Missing you is the horror of Concorde crashing,

Missing you is lorry tyres puddle splashing,

Missing you is as sore as an open wound,

Missing you is reaching out for a silent sound,

Missing you is eyes wide staring at a game-show,

Missing you is chilblains throbbing in winter snow,

Missing you is two weeks in Benidorm,

Missing you is being a caterpillar that can’t transform,

Missing you is Mozart through ear defenders,

Missing you is sales day at Marks and Spencers,

Missing you is cardboard instead of cornflakes,

Missing you is my life drifting by in out takes,

Missing you is a ticking clock without a chime,

Missing you is so much worse at Christmas time.

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