READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 9

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This week, we have two poems – Fag-Stop Killer by Jackie Chitty and West Stow, by Jon Mecham.

FAG-STOP KILLER

Bus stop pick up?

Driver-change?

Brake?

Stop.

Break.

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

Ferocious

desperate to kill

Driver’s all chewed-up, choking, croaking –

“Just ten minutes!”

Holding up thumb with crunched-on nail

Pleading

for just ten minutes to roll

a fag,

for just ten minutes –

to kill

JACKIE CHITTY

WEST STOW

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

JON MECHAM

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