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Expat Poetry |Ebbing

Expat Poetry |Ebbing



Tuesday afternoon

in this sleepy outpost of Scunny

village shop closed      and both pubs too



only the church provides refuge

paint peeling, Mothers’ Union banner fading

altar vestments unchanged in thirty years



Grandma’s house is so toshed up

we scarcely recognise it

barking garden dog prevents a peek inside



so we walk along the ebbing river

and leave

through poppy-strewn fields


© Dave Thomas 2015

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