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1 Dec15

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“The Sisyphus Dog”
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Harvesting Tea

The sahib is being shown around the tea garden,
face red as a pomegranate flower, brow sparkling
with sweat.
 
The women must smile, dazzle like their saris.
They raise their heads, straighten, lift the baskets,
cast in
 
fresh shoots of tea plant in flickering palmfuls,
second flush prayers – invocations that will startle
his tongue
 
with visions of Chittagong, and longing ever after
for the contoured hills of Udalia gardens.
Years later,
 
picnicking on his monsoon cape in the margin
of a field, the boys squabbling over his army
telescope,
 
his wife stoically unwrapping warm tomato
sandwiches, he retreats to the boot of the car
to pour tea
 
from a thermos, and is momentarily disarmed
by the sound of women keening, by the scars
on their fingers.
 

Stephen Boyce

3rd Prize Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2012
in collection, The Sisyphus Dog, 2014, Worple Press,
ISBN 978-1-905208-23-4