this is the bookstall
proud as a plaza
for people who
don’t much like
books but find them
easy to gift wrap one
hundred and fifty
risotto recipes fruit
salad around the world
poodle fun and head
ache management tomorrow
the stall will be stacked
with bath towels and
aromatic door bells next
week then gardening
with worms the hot
ticket specials novelty
make up purses designed
like encyclopedias are
bound to be stars of this
trestle economy
ready to elope
through the car park
at the first tremble,
of a second thought

from kept busy (River Road Press, 2008), Joanne burns 2008, used by permission of the author and River Road Press

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