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For Desmond and Margaret

A Dream

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse12 Jan 2016

There is sun after rain,
dazzling the washed-out
muted colours of memory.

A skinned-knee boy
stands patiently, socks
crumpled down to his

good, scuffed shoes;
looking right and left
and right again

the girl arrives hesitant,
but lets instilled worry
be brushed aside;

they hold hands and walk,
then run in the direction
of his assured nod,

over cobblestones shining
silver beneath brilliant
blue skies washed clean.