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Sport 42: 2014

1 hair taller than an exhibition

1 hair taller than an exhibition

at Heathrow you leave
the iron bird exhausted
on the runway his heart and stents
his voice half-eaten by feathers

you promised to never
use the mini-bar

your Coventry room
is cleaned by a woman
lost in the woods
of the Hail Mary

she decorates the trees
with silver bees

you attend a church service
where a film of the world’s
strangest baptisms is shown

and then outside
a car show-room

meet the East European
rough sleepers and dream
they are governors of something
in white evening dress

flying in convoy
to their homeland