When he gets home,
the first thing he does is
switch on the little radio.
Then, in the time it takes the little kettle to boil
he changes out of his little work clothes
into a little dressing gown, returning
to pour himself a little mug of fruit tea.
Then he runs a little bath
while he listens to the news.
He likes it very hot,
to soak off the dirt.
His little routine is important to him,
especially since his little wife passed away.
On Fridays he used to go to a little support group,
but it wound down when the little group leader
moved to Chepstow, and he doesn't feel
like setting up another one himself.
Before he gets into his little bed,
he says a little prayer,
not because he believes in God
(he doesn't, really,
and rarely thinks about it)
but because his little wife used to
and he knows if he stopped
she would be sad.