there are asterisks on the calendar

we thought it denoted something important


a coachload coming

for tea

i saw it

& thought of

asterix the gaul

though no one i know

has heard of him

the glossy covers nor nothing

anyhow i asks the boss, so what are these stars

for you know

asterisks, careful how i say it

so as not to confuse with comics

oh that.

that is me crossing out my leave

and not a star at all