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Penelope Shuttle


Peel off your gorgeous bandages

and walk your dogs,

so lucky in love,

from Castle Beach to Gyllingvase –

Be wiser than Thursday, 

give the garden the day off,

free Moscow from its hairdressers,

be kinder and dumber than Wednesday,

learn a little Spanish as you pray,

bless all your left-handers

with free driving lessons


Friday! Go steal me a Chagall…


From Painted, Spoken No 15 (2007)