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  69.     

Boxing Day

In my arm
here: a vein

fills the
antecubital fossa

Its partner gives a tram line:
they're nestled in
for life

And as I look down upon this purple pair
I beg them share
the secret

They won't

Happiness
I guess
- its ignorance warm -
isn't
Just the flesh

Comfort in familiarity -
my own perception -

No expectation

MY drive?
It's in the nascent smoke
of Cuban leaves -
presentation dried

Like the glass hanging from the hand
hanging from the arm I view
askew
brandyless

The head I bear
wells in heavy tear
slipping out a tale
of desperation

A remnant
of the day before

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  70.     

Daffodils

I fell in love –
Taken by the innocence of
Child-face daffodils:

Their perky April fanfares –
Clarion calls from yellow-ochre brass bands -
Presaging, rejoicing, calling us:

‘Here we are! Here we are! ’













































































































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  71.     

February Rain

To be the mud, the bog, the mire;
To soak the bones in February –
Eons from the autumn shower–
Even from a summer berry!

Sparrows chirp a desperate call,
Darting questions at the cows –
Oblivious to the dousing squall, they
Churn the sludge with pastern ploughs.

The crying air was lost in rhythm:
Drums incessant in the drops;
Not a chance for rainbow prism –
Even if the hammering stops!

Metallic chills entrap machines –
Tractors hushed within the shed.
Inside the house, a full cuisine
To bless with mead – and little said!

But out across the tiring field,
A sodden fox is hunting down
His prey of sorts – but nil of yield;
Perhaps he’ll starve; perhaps he’ll drown.

Still the clouds are hammering,
Hammering home their dreary aim –
A chatterbox in constant yammering,
Drenching all to make a claim.



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  72.     

Lashes

The black run of lashes
Bats
Brushes the air
Betrays another tale
Closing the tear -
Dry-lined white
Reddening in the eye
Deadens mind -
One wonders

The arm-leg order loosens;
She falls
Chair-bound
Inside the deaf room

Her dress dies on their behalf;
It's all dead now

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