Still casting a shadow

The poem was commended in the 2012 Ware Poets competition, judged by Dean Parkin. It was published in the competition pamphlet produced by Rockingham Press.


Still casting a shadow

Two unused scratch cards, with the faintest whiff of orange.
Found on the floor of the Lowry, Salford after a performance
of The Love for Three Oranges by Opera North. Purchased
on Ebay and donated by J Smith Esq.

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Patina and Pathos. Today’s lecture has been cancelled due
(rest of notice torn off)

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Scale drawings and recipe for three-tiered wedding cake: SEX, three
wedding cakes in the shape of capital letters S, E and X, with red,
white and blue marzipan. Decorated with 24 small edible doves and
placed in a French sleigh bed made of walnut.

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Spot the difference competition. Place your feet on the white X on the
gallery floor for the best vantage point. Spot the differences between
the wax model of an attendant and the live guard (seated). Put your
form in the box.

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Bronze box, still casting a shadow, with burnished lid, bronze hinges
and clasp, key missing. Age of box indeterminate, size varies daily
depending on the swelling and shrinking of contents.

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