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Lover Socks

We finally put our foot down
and started charging rent from
every living thing
in the house.
Now we split it between
me, Mark and Jordan,
the four-week-old fetta in the fridge,
the sock under the kitchen table,
the pear in Mark's doorway,
the grey stuff in the bottom of the
beer bottles on the balcony,
and the coffee cup in my bedroom.
Thing is,
now that they contribute
to the rent,
they've started inviting
their friends over
to stay the night...


Adam Ford
Copyright © 1998


Excerpted by permission from:
Not quite the man for the job
Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd
9 Atchison Street
St Leondards NSW 2065


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