Title: The Holly & the Ivy

Author: Nick Ascroft

In: Sport 17: Spring 1996

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, November 1996, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 17: Spring 1996

Nick Ascroft — The Holly & the Ivy

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Nick Ascroft

The Holly & the Ivy

They swing
She with her head
He with his hips
In slow sexual revolutions

He looks at her
Like a mental hospital
She touches his chest
Like a stethoscope

If love is a restaurant
They are seated by a window
Looking down at
A thousand corpses

Burying themselves

Thinking—that could be you
That could be me