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Thoughts you would be embarrassed by #1

A poem by John Siddique.

some people really want the world
to be a beautiful place
they make consistent efforts pruning & mowing and even
making a flowerbed
by the side of the road
with bricks, soil & cuttings
from their own garden

where before it was just dusty pink gravel
there is clematis
and some plants whose names I don't know

she goes inside to admire her work
from the window
catches her son's eye in a photo
on her way to the kitchen
washes the soil from her hands
and goes outside to continue her memory
the tree was a lot smaller then

she hears the sound of play and looks
over the garden wall
and thinks paki bastards
at the 4 year old kids playing house

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