The Matthew Spreads Its Wings

Say-uls set in ‘creasing size;
kkcookcoo?! cranes, their perchly poise
between the spire’s cresting cross
‘n th’rowing ladies –

in bant’ring back ‘n forth,
abreast the sunless, woody shade,
shakes peerly, patt’ring conversation,
Avonside.

The mildly milksome coffee cools –
nepenthe e’er ne’er needed –
as by the floating harbour
rests the railway.

In screeching seagull song
sounds out senescent afternoon,
whilst th’air alights upon the water –
rent reflection.



Image credit day out with the kids

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