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Pear

 

A window pushed up two inches from the sill

bright blue crossbars whitened with dust

 

fresh mortar slopped around a nail in the wall

 

a single luxuriant drip of white gloss

on the new wooden step at the base of the door frame

 

‘ARGENTINA’ in print on a shiny round label

the scarred yellow skin of the pear as she peels it

 

her grandfather’s moss-shadowed glass-roofed conservatory

 

pale quarters of ‘Williams’ in syrup with cloves

her grandmother’s preserves

 

gold plums, green walnuts turned black in the jars

 

º

 

a crowd of people at the side of the music hall

being addressed

 

then the speaker starts walking

holding up a red headlined pamphlet to follow

 

‘Here,’ he says, ‘The place has been given a bad press

a bad reputation — this is the very spot’

 

and she remembers reading of shootings, of car-jackings

lilac-grey clouds coming up beyond the rooftops, like smoke

 

a mezuzah on a door

 

dark splashes of rain along bleached-out scaffolding.

 

Mary Michaels

from Caret Mark,  2008, Hearing Eye

 

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