Renewal of a driver’s licence

by Angela Prew

I give the impression, when requested,
rolling first my thumb
then each finger
onto the inkpad,
onto the form.
One by one.
Why, I wonder, do they need
all these whorls and hoops?
Who will look at them?
Where will they be stored
to be kept for all time
in some dusty file? Forgotten
but retained
long after I have been scattered,
fingers burnt to ashes.

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