Gary Dowsett

Rookie (1955 / London)

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Boxing Day 2004

The turkey’s skin, then draped in ragged curtains, never shivered.
The silver bells amongst the green were silent.
The laughter of the children with their Christmas toys delivered,
Assured us all that things were as they should be.
Our holiday, so carefully planned and bought and neatly holstered,
Was shifting gear, through rituals unseen.
Now fast, now slow, a noisy game, then gentle snoring, bolstered,
Assured us all that things were as they should be.

I never felt it, slouched amongst the cushions, over-eaten,
The water wet and climbing up to take ...

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