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Absence

In the cemetery she feeds absent squirrels
shelled peanuts purloined from my blue ringed-neck parrot
 
I tell her to stop walking on the graves because there are people in there, and we don't want to disturb them,
 
especially as we've had lunch at the pub
and bought some plastic ducks for the bath bottom to stop her sliding about.
 


Paul Brookes