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In a seaside street,
I politely duck
the wink of a gypsy's lavender,
before resting a while
upon someone else's memory.

But this is mine!
And it's like I've never left.
Overhead, the same gulls, still,
slice through acres of air.
Polished by seasons, the same sunlit cobbles, still,
look like tumbled stones, or unnamed constellations.
The same people, in myriad pastel shades, still,
blow by me like an artist's impression, and

there's you, still,
by still, coming into focus;
a film you wrote. And
when I watch you, barely five
years away from where I sit,
all of a sudden I can see
how five-going-on-six you've got...

- your stitched grin to open any lock;
your too-big t-shirt, shorts and wellies
that all looks like your big sister's stuff,
because it is; yellow beach
bucket, lifted like a trophy, and a huge orange
crab that's exactly like the giant beetle you say it is;
wet eyes -

at which point days break apart, and
the street's a photo;
a postcard;
two dimensional;
wish you were here.

Colin Baker August 2008

Colin Baker

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The following comments are for "In A Seaside Street"
by colinbaker62

"wish you were here."
beautifully drawn this, almost painterly, incredibly touching too... I can picture a father looking back to a time when his youngest daughter accompanied him on family holidays, when the bond between the two was stronger... I imagine this is the postcard he'd send the girl, now estranged by the ordinary business of growing up... he says "wish you were here" but means "wish I was then"...

'course, that could just be me projecting. I remember a time when babby brother came to stay to spend time with me, not just because he wanted to see some band play in Camden. sad, but true. I have become… an embarrassment

wonderful as always, Colin

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: August 26, 2008 )

Just to say....
...thank you Shannon.


( Posted by: colinbaker62 [Member] On: August 28, 2008 )

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