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VRL Thonger

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I'll write a poem every day, might be tiny but it'll be complete.


a soft ginger cat sleeps on an old leather jacket

you sidestep down precipitous painted stairs

it's a francophiliac's depository

crammed with battered tins and suitcases

vintage attic-fillers and placemats

a shrine to her children now grown

the leaky milkmaid's jug stuffed with gladioli

thrust into your arms at the airport last night


walking wet streets through the market

unknown unseen or briefly scanned

you pass the landmarks – strutted bridge,

fragrant baker's, packed ice-cream parlour –

find yourself going around the houses

muddled by a school gone here a shop

closed there a toothy new apartment block

overshadows a cowering thatched cottage


feet burning hours of walking from slab to tidy slab

a melting sensation tugs at reality: you never had a cat

Day 76 Make yourself at home

Going back can be tricky.