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21.
Breaking A Tooth
First glimpse of the pearl
I cup in my clammy hand
outside a mirror:
chastened as crystal I sit,
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22.
The Meteorology Of Loss
On the train to Birkenhead
for her father's autopsy,
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23.
Bereavement
It's not a virus.
You'll never get over it.
You'll grow around it
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24.
His Last Trip To London
Winter sunshine dazzled the old man
with graffiti in his eyes as on
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25.
Hilaire Belloc's Mice
His son died in the war:
his beard grew unkempt
like the High Chamberlain's
('The kindest and the best of men')
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26.
Listen To Me
I died on 9/11.
I was outside - a miracle! -
floating, not flying,
in the plume of smoke you could see from space
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27.
Caravanserai
Before we were men and women
we drank morning milk in a chalk mine.
It smelt, and we raced from kissing.
In the playground, I gazed up
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28.
The Marilyn Monroe Doctrine
The Iraqi boy was twelve
when he lost his hug. Napalmed
by testosterone, straitjacketed, he smouldered.
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29.
Eavesdropping Kashmir (Led Zeppelin, August 1979)
On Friday I unfrocked Fourth
from its alb and tracked the comet
of stylus over glittering tar,
rapt at the tangerine flame of label.
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30.
Pure Dolour
I commend to your attention
the immeasurable sadness
of that huge brown teddy bear
slumped in the window
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