Carin Smeaton

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Insulation

stu’s closed up the great big hole
in the kitchen
coulda let in
anything
from anywhere
any kinda vermin
so ya gotta keep it clean
he says & i try
but today he’s back
with slavik
to set things straight
detect the crap
hidden in the pipes
that no one ever even noticed
not till he arrived
houston
we have a problem
slavi laughs
but stu dont think it’s very funny
all that crap all around
all that flax on the path
a giant rat flying fish
jewish he reckons
& god knows what else
runnin cryptic
underground
blocking pipes
as old as the hills
havin places
he gotta be
besides here
standing in my shit

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