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Sport 20: Autumn 1998

corner Kingsland and Second

page 60

corner Kingsland and Second

to begin we were all in
the lounge room together
then exile to the loggia
while you saw the masseur

she was your day's work
and put the body you had
in some sort of order
now time's that much shorter
and i'm allowed back

at the sitting room border
go through your niece said
she gestured
in the sunlight
with her cell phone
and i stepped

from commonplace
to where the living room shelters
your imminent departure
bold lacquer candle spark
wild roses fragrance

postcards written
in fresh linen

once on the platform
i take your warm hand