The Wife of Bath

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse04 Jul 2014

Scattered shadow lies
Strewn across the park;
Veils and headscarves
Cover every woman's head

And living illustrations
From Chaucer speak
Arabic and Somali
Into smartphones.

On the see-saw
A smiling son
Balances my blond
Daughter perfectly.