THE FROGMORE POETRY PRIZE 2011

Joy Howard

HYDRO

at breakfast in the restaurant
the waitress does a slow Strathspey
around the cluttered tables
and he’s giving it some on his mobile

the lady weekenders stare down
at the oatcakes and crowdie
then take up their bickering
golf versus shopping (no clear winner)

he doesn’t notice the fine emanation
of disapproval encircling him like
a cloud of Highland midges
though he scratched his hair as they pass

at tea there will be a discussion
skewered by Cairngorm
on the relative merits of tee-offs and twinsets
while out in the foyer he’ll still be full on

no-one will be talking about colonic irrigation



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