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Marian Webb
7th June 2013, 11:50 PM
Can I remember ** *the tuckshop roller-shutters,
** ** * * * * * * * * * * **** orange and lime Tarax bottles,
** *** * * * * * * * * * * * * the packaging of potato straws
** *** * * * * * * * * * ** ** branded in primaries?

Icy-poles etcetera in the dim shelter-shed?
I'd walk along the wooden spine
rising between long slatted benches,
one facing the dark back wall,
the other the vista of asphalt playground
bisected by a column.
Like a tightrope-walker I balanced
from end to end. (No one clapped.)

Can I remember** *blue and white plaid
** *** ******************** * small squares, was there
** *** * * * * * * * * * * ** a yellow thread?
** ** * * * * * * * * * * * * White collar, buttons
** ** * * * * * * * * * * * * down the front, an A-line,
** *** * * * * * * * * * * ** socks and lace-ups?
** ** * * * * * * * ** * * ** (Mostly scuffed.)

The long-gone satchel's buckles and leather
leave barely a trace in my recall.

The Lakeland dozen lacked
a bright gold-green and a pink pencil.
Later I found then disposed of a set,
tin and all, with that landscape printed on metal
the twelve dryish sticks would never achieve.

I preferred oil pastels.* I learned to draw
copying grecian profiles from my book of Greek myth.
That book I've kept through the dust-jacket went
the way of all paper.

Glorious Aphrodite bribes the Apple of Discord from
the kneeling boy, wonder-struck Paris.
Athena pouts.
Achilles in a long dress clutches a darling sword.
Cassandra clamours in the doomed temple.
Circe scowls.
The bird-women wave.
Patient Penelope weaves her perpetual skein.

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