Saturday, 6 August 2011

Drowning by Degrees


for Stevie Smith

Shrewd secretary secretly smiling
in your white socks and unfashionable shoes
you were never understood
by those who would flee suburbia
never taking the tube
to an office in the city

You were always Peggy from Palmer’s Green
to your authoritative aunt
living in nomansland
well removed from that sea
where the father you hated
waved in the salty water.

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 14th March 1998


1998 The Self-Help Poetry Kit (Internet)
2000 Panda (UK)

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