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Christmas Shopping

Shona Kerr-Hill

We stagger carrier-bagged-up

with things that no-one wants

but that they’re getting.

We rush, red-faced in swarms

of blank consumerism

We cast careless items

into baskets like supermarket groceries.


But she stands thoughtful,

poised, index finger on chin,

or turns objects over and over

in her hands

feeling their beauty.

She chooses a small gift

but gives it value.


From The North 3 (1987)