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A hungry heron and lunch that lands you in a pickle!


by Craig Brown

You are back

perched in the tall fir

a grey cut-out. Quite still

vigilant as ever.

Was it you, or your sister

that stole in

with an early morning visit?

You barely managed to take off.

Only snails and frogs

are left in the pond.

Nothing like the feast

that you gorged on last summer.


Today’s Lunch, July 18th

by Daniel Searle

I ask you, pick a lily

And place it on my grave

For I pickled my innards

With the sandwich that I made.

My liver lies in vinegar

Preserved with functions failed.

In rivers of formaldehyde

Destroyed without decay.

I am not a severed cow!

Suspended in the Tate:

I am the remnants of a man

The crumbs left on the plate;

The soldier in the film ‘The Rock’

With Connery and Cage,

Hapless, trapped, the glass gets smashed,

The gasses melt his face.

At first a pickle was in me

Then our roles were exchanged.

I felt the wrong end of the tang.

In spirit I remain.

My days may now have been and gone

But non, je ne vinaigrette rien.


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