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A Night On the Lash, Seren
This is my most recent published collection.

The Alchemist Next Door                Walking Home on New Year's Day          My Father’s First Day at Work

Cuba Libre at the Café España

My Father’s First Day at Work

Half asleep in the grey smudge of September
rain a carthorse sneezes towards fleeting
dazzles of the sun.

Its hooves click on a cobbled yard, its hide
flinches from my hand and rain trails its silver
filaments from tilted hooves.

The horse dreams me from its sweat of sleep
or I dream the horse, the day itself.
that smell of soap and leather,

a fly entering its nostril, this mane tangling
my fingers, the way its neck is coarse, hot,
and kissable with rain.

If I try to look away from these lost days
a boy distracts me, enters the yard
to set down pails of milk

and smiles towards me through a looming war
and does not recognise me and hardly tastes
the bit of work between his teeth.



A Night on the Lash

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