Richie McCaffery – The lean-to

photo credit: Nikos Koutoulas


Richie McCaffery
The lean-to

I only noticed the lean-to was there
after a storm had brought it down.

It left behind an un-weathered space
on the north flank of the big house.

I saw then both structures had relied
on the other for support or protection,

how years together made them one
and that absence has its own presence.