READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, June 12

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This week’s poem, called The Ferryman, is by Jon Mecham.

The Ferryman rubs his hands and greets

his wary clientele

on their journey to the other side

he smiles, he knows, he’s seen it all before

even in spate they cross

desperate for the distant shore

Their faces, like photographs

boxed and forgotten

“was I good or bad?” they ask

“will I reach my goal?”

and the Ferryman reaches out his hand

to seize the coin

no sympathy from him

no re-assurance

“You’re already there” he says

“nobody chases you, no retribution

acceptance is the only way”

he smiles again from the pontoon

as they look into the waters

and recognise their reflections

like photographs

floating on the mighty river

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