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Three Vignettes

for Tom





Perspective


the joke
about writing’s
in the words
he said

then
to see it
you have
to keep
an eye
the blind one
open




Ifs & Butts


barely furnished
in the little room
he employs
for ashtray
the lower drawer
of a desk
topped only
with a Remington
portable
bearing
a single blank sheet
I’ve run out
he says
meaning
paper
or coffee
or words
not cigarettes

proffering
the pack
he puts one
to his lips
lights
the wrong end
it smells foul
I keep
doing that
he says




At King’s


something in the way she moves
attracts our gaze
from across the quad
or maybe it’s the light
glinting on the chapel glass
I can’t take pleasure
he says
in walking on the grass
when everyone’s allowed to do it





 

 

 

[Aidan Semmens’s fourth collection, Life Has Become More Cheerful, will be published by Shearsman Books in October 2017 to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Previous titles are A Stone Dog (Shearsman 2011), The Book of Isaac (Parlor Press / Free Verse 2013) and Uncertain Measures (Shearsman 2014). He edits the online magazine Molly Bloom and blogs at aidansemmens.co.uk]

 
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