Full and final settlement


Just sign on the dotted line, the Angel says,

in full and final settlement.


Surely, I cry, my claim’s for more than that –

a decimal point, a lengthy row of noughts

and a lonely figure ONE,

with no denomination?


But that, he says, is what you’re going to get –

your due share of a vast accumulation

of which it falls to us to keep the score.


At this time there can be no certain value.

It’s a kind of trust.


– David Morphet 2014