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(23 9 1940 / Haverhill Suffolk England)

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Down The Drain

The factory loomed
at the top of the hill.
A pub sign reflected
in yesterdays puddle
when it started again

The next days morning
mixed the muddle
with the rains
darkening frown
on falling leaves
from a tree dripping wet
with the stain of the sky,
which proved messier yet
from chimney soot
in the root of the road
and underfoot.

A broken bottle,
nights empty threat,
soaked fag ends,
the torn slip of a bet,
a stench of beer
from an open door
of a toilet crawled,
where someone had pissed
on the concrete floor
and drawled
dribbled words
with the wetness andmess.

All that remained
was the aftermath,
a drenched, stale mourning,
and a big bass broom
to sweep the path
as the gurgling gutter
was muttering glass
and disappeared
down the drain.

Submitted: Thursday, March 07, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, March 20, 2013


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  • Kevin Halls (3/10/2013 3:44:00 PM)

    Love this Sally and I echo the other comments as it is so powerful in words and meaning.
    I can picture this as I used to drink in a pub like the one mentioned!
    Brilliant.

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  • Dave Walker (3/8/2013 4:02:00 PM)

    A fantastic poem, great wording.

  • Valerie Dohren (3/7/2013 3:56:00 PM)

    Very descriptive Sally - well penned.

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