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Monday 5 June 2017 08:06

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Festival poem


make yourself heavier, they call. i close
both eyes, thinking
of sacks of cement, iron foundries
and elephants, an anchor sinking

in deep mud while a fleet of whales
manoeuvres above it, an anvil’s
bullish head. for a while
i hold my breath and wait. to no avail:

nothing goes up, nothing goes down –

a pheasant screams, leaves fall – my legs,
too short, will never reach the ground,
my head is well-nigh in the clouds.

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