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‘Stay Awhile’ 

(For Graeme Dixon)

He started writing poetry in jail
Satire, lament, shaggy-dog tales

Read the one about wanting freedom
Faceless figures with rifles, fearsome

Like the images you sort and stow
Just to see them set out in a row

Read the one about becoming sane
Put down the pen, put aside the pain

Read the one about shameful regrets
Sponsored by lung cancer cigarettes

Read the poem he writes as another
A country girl at heart, a sweet mother

Stay awhile, away from prying eyes
There’s beauty, plenty you’d recognise

Read the one about becoming sane
Put the pen down, take it up again


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