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Merryn Williams


The English Disease

Twenty years I knew him,
never said a word
in all our many meetings
his wife could not have heard.
Talked about the weather
(the English never change),
work, of course, the Test Match;
he noticed nothing strange.
Much the same as usual
my life is chugging on.
Twenty years I knew him,
another ten have gone.
But, waking in the small hours,
I sicken, just the same,
to see those lovely features
in the crematorial flame.

Merryn Williams

in collection, The First Wife’s Tale, 2006, Shoestring Press,
ISBN 978-1-9048864-6-4