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Portrait Of The Poet As An Old Dog
by Kate Burnside
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
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We were seventeen
and had been invited to tea
with his artistic English teacher

Her vibrant coloured red hair
offset her willowy bearing
Trailing scents of musk
she glided bangles jangling
languorous about her
bohemian Georgian townhouse

She lived with a warlock
and we nibbled curious
peppered biscuits
and reeled with her
heady toxic infusions

She was passionate
about my blonde Adonis
and I wondered how I could
ever compete with her
experienced savoir faire:

Tales of how, as a young student,
she had met Dylan Thomas
in a Swansea bar;
how he had put his hands
straight up her skirt
and how, after that,
they had become friends

Years later I met her by chance;
hair still as violently coloured
but face now wearing AD signs

As she fondly asked again
about our fair Adonis
I suddenly realised what
she had had over me after all:

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Reviewed by A PAX 1/27/2008
ahh she lived in a fantasy town, and you had the prince in easy for the young to feel intimidated by the older experienced performance.........
well told.........pax A
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 3/9/2004
Very creative and well done.....
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