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Initial; Patch Remembered


From here to Sky

A First Time for Everything demands memory of a first pet. Patch was his name. I remember two things about him; his vomit and him coming to see me at school

Initial; Patch Remembered

Patch pukes spaghetti
On a linoleum floor
That leads to the step
To the garden

Burial place
Of forgotten rabbits
Mauled by urban foxes
Sliding into street lit darkness

Patch popped by one day
To visit poor boy
Bringing sunshine
To a saddening Saturday

Leading to Sunday
Quiet orderly walks
Strung out two by two
Down country lanes

Where no dogs go
Where dread rooks caw
Over bloodied pheasant feathers
I wonder where his bones are

30th April 2019

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