I travelled and wrote down useful phrases
in local languages

I memorised them
but although I can get by
they're feeling more and more inadequate

The Cistercians, White Monks
are a silent order
not my cup of tea

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As I Said

Today, in the crowd
people from the future
people from other planets
are all here to observe
a lesson in how not to

(All those bodies being made
dragged out from peace and reflection
The best that could be hoped for
was an 18 year plan)

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You can tell by our shops
that we're a Major European Capital
They come in their coachloads
hungry to purchase
& when spent, a pause
& then the dream, again
This Saturday in bed

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