Steve Waling wrote a poem, and a few days after he showed it to me I wrote some prose with the same first line. Steve's poem is in his new book Travelator and I appreciate his permission to include it here.
In The Times Ian MacMillan listed Travelator first in his "Five to Cherish" and wrote:
Waling was once poet-in-residence at a chip shop and his poetry has a salty quality that makes you want more. [Steve's publisher] Salt churns out quality books like there's no tomorrow.
Thank you again to Steve for the poem, and to Steve and Ian MacMillan for this opportunity to use square brackets.