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Jacqui Thewless

Painted Lady

poised on this foul edge
the emblem of innocence -
typical of love.

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For Richard

over chicken broth
the hero of his story
spits out its bones. - waste.

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October (i)

this month reverses
as clearly as water, sky,
warm-cool-weather-march

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For Alan Thewless

stories of marriage

re-write themselves in my sleep

- always the same end

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Compass bearing

noon wreathed by brown fog
a compass bearing’s taken
on St. Magnus’ bells

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The Letter (iii)

Even the leather writing
case’s hinges are shot:
the strips
of hide
that bound
the lid decayed;
the lock –
a small lock
involving only a sideways
click to open it -
still works its
mechanical metal slot.

Inside the case your letter’s
yellow pages of script
slowly
rewrite
their gist,
an ideal
content –

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