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Sport 42: 2014

when a crayfish could feed 6 men

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when a crayfish could feed 6 men

when a crayfish
could feed 6 men
my mother bought
an astrakhan coat
cross cut on the straight

like the Volga
it swam in temperatures

after the ice swallowed
her favourite horse my mother’s
astrakhan coat became smarter
and made decisions
like what she should wear

at times I believed the coat
was half animal half
native plant with my mother’s legs

and it seemed right that she bore
the angels of stillborn lambs
for the heavy fashion of Russia

yet though the coat
cracked the small change
it was when my mother’s money
stretched beyond the frontier towns

that she no longer wore
what after her funeral seemed
little more than a fleece