p class="MsoNormal"span style="text-decoration: underline;"Nothing is Wrong/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"Nothing is wrong./p
p class="MsoNormal"Though this serrated silence that slashes the smoke/p
p class="MsoNormal"Is not our usual silence,/p
p class="MsoNormal"Though I do not complain about you smoking/p
p class="MsoNormal"Because my usual nag has shuffled out of the room,/p
p class="MsoNormal"Though you look harder and frailer than I have even seen you,/p
p class="MsoNormal"Though I feel more stuck and more shaky that I have even been./p
p class="MsoNormal"Though you have not asked where your cup of tea is even though the kettle has already boiled twice./p
p class="MsoNormal"Though you haven't said a word./p
p class="MsoNormal"We talk safely. em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"I/em talk safely,/p
p class="MsoNormal"About work, neighbours, shows,/p
p class="MsoNormal"Around all the things you're supposed to say./p
p class="MsoNormal"We decide we're going on holiday/p
p class="MsoNormal"Afterwards, when everything is fine./p
p class="MsoNormal"We talk about practicalities./p
p class="MsoNormal"We talk about lighting candles./p
p class="MsoNormal"We talk gently,/p
p class="MsoNormal"So that everything can be fine for a little bit longer/p
p class="MsoNormal"For the person in the next room,/p
p class="MsoNormal"Before we have to tell him that nothing is wrong./p
p class="MsoNormal"You finally get your tea, and you sip without tasting it./p
p class="MsoNormal"Your head rests on my shoulder and it's almost as if/p
p class="MsoNormal"Nothing is wrong./p