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Coke Crates for Chairs and All the Shades of Green

(for Dad and Arthur the Pantheist!)

laptop computer                  very latest model
coke crates for chairs and all the shades of green

handmade chocolates              melt in the mouth
coke crates for chairs and all the shades of green

antique clock                   chimes Westminster
coke crates for chairs and all the shades of green

Italian office seat              blue velvet cover
coke crates for chairs and all the shades of green

fine china teapot                    matching cups
coke crates for chairs and all the shades of green

down at the swamp               nothing fancy here

                       just

coke crates for chairs and all the shades of green

Old men play cards

slap slap king of spades
at the pagoda pavilion
old men not much else
to do huddle here daily
alongside their tall murky
jars of chunky green tea
few get here early enough
to claim cement seats
with cold grey marble
tops others carry fold-
out stools some bring
cushions the remaining
balance their weight in the 
Chinese squat sitting
their bums on their heels

mining, the moon and whisky

along a lonely
stretch of river
smoke escapes from
a short chimney
overhanging rock shadows
the dusty quarry
hills stained with
rust and scars
chipped deep wounds
long dark tunnels

blokes under the 
light of moons
bruised here tarnished
there warped with
dents cracked and 
peeling in corners
long cold nights
same old company
whisky makes it
worth the while

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