Invaders – a typed version (A visit from Black Peter)

Poetry, Uncategorized

Invaders

 

There was a rap at the window next to the blackboard

and in they swarmed, two of them

faces blackened, a sack shouldered.

 

Children leapt from the perfect circle on the floor

shrieks and scampers away from these invaders

who fixed us with their blinking eyes, white rimmed

and to each of us

they told the stories of ourselves.

 

My tall friend was ‘forgetful’

– but it’s me who can’t

recall my own story

memory’s cloth closes over

the way time muzzles thought

dents and fingers

the smoothness of it.

 

But then, the youngest of us

whose curled head was lost among our shoulders

put out a hand

pushed aside the bristles of sticks

and claimed his bag

of fruit.

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