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    11 months in London

    As I turn left off Oxford Street
    cloaked in a low sky and shuffling
    along with the other furrowed brows

    I search for the accents of my youth
    "Tomato" or "Tomahto" or "Tomata."
    "Aunt" or "Ant" or "Auntie"

    Punching my cold fists into a
    Harrods jacket I enter the tube,

    shortly reaching a grey gray
    station and see the pub with an
    old fashioned clock against the
    familiar liquored mirror,

    damn, it's way past our meeting time,
    and
    am I at the right place?

    I really could go for
    comfort food now, we need this

    Connection

    "Buffalo Wings? " Or is it "Fish and Chips? "
    Maybe "Saltfish? "

    Which of these do I want?
    Eh, it's too late for such a search.

    A sudden hiss of wind
    angrily flaps my jacket, and
    a raindrop

    taps my shoulder—
    as a stranger does when they have
    wandered too far and need
    direction.

    The rain falls.
    The sun falls.
    The fog falls.
    The days fall from the harboring arms of mothers.

    I walk alongside the parceled flats,
    pausing at a low bridge and look out at
    the bruised dusk of the Old World
    as the wind swings my bag like a beacon
    against the cold.
    Oh, come now - and dance with me

    Caribbean.

    pier in cayman islands by Tony Walton, on Flickr

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    Enjoyed the vignette you painted.

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
    tailor
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    who am I but a stitch in time
    what if I were to bare my soul
    would you see me origami

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    very nice much enjoyed.
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Captured well.

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    Good job Tony

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    A worthy offering, Comrade. Or perhaps you're not a comrade if you wear a Harrods Jacket... Well, I guess you could have stolen it, so I'll stick with comrade Evocative and atmospheric. Thanks for sharing it.

    Live and be well - H

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