THE FROGMORE POETRY PRIZE 2008

  Gill Andrews
ESTD IN 1759 LONDON
 

              The words
can be read with your thumb.  It is curved

            at the back
and flat at the front.  Its label is black and
white and green.

It is By Appointment to Her Majest the Queen.

                      If the Green Knight
bled blood,
his blood would bleed

the colour of this glass.
Mother's Ruin.  Or an olive
and almost no

vermouth makes a tumblerful
respectable.  I have known people

                     who never drink at home
and I
have known people who use the lid
as a measure.

It is 10 am.  You will notice
I have not touched
the white screwtop
with its helter-skelter

thread and its circumference
of vertical thumbgrips or
actually mentioned

                       the liquid itself.


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