Hot & Dry

Syrupy lime sap exudes from leaves
sticky, smelly
stains on the pavement
it traps grit and muck and litter
grabs the soles of the congregation
the faithful who to and fro church Dewi Sant –
pray the rain to wash away
our sins

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Godalming in Surrey

A genteel tearoom
where patronised crud are dumped
into a second-class vacuum
superior shoulders rub & backslap

In the haze of Shiraz
a pot of tea

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I bought a 2" plastic egg from a vending machine
threw away the novelty toys
put inside everything I wanted to say
and tied it to a helium party balloon
a bargain from a street trader

On the coast
the wind blustered out to sea…

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