This week, we have two poems – Fag-Stop Killer by Jackie Chitty and West Stow, by Jon Mecham.
Bus stop pick up?
Driver desperate, desires to kill - ten minutes
Just ten minutes of our time
Spluttering stop, bus cranks out
In lullaby lay-by
Engine gasps, grumbles, grizzles, groans
Passengers fidget and fudge
desperate to kill
Driver’s all chewed-up, choking, croaking –
“Just ten minutes!”
Holding up thumb with crunched-on nail
for just ten minutes to roll
for just ten minutes –
The great oak has cast its giant bough
and our way is barred
on the path that was at one with us
Alongside the unploughed field
just past the old pump house
the Lark flows
A hundred yards away a camera awaits the elusive kingfisher
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