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John Hawkhead

practising judo
the youngest group of children
learn how to tie knots

Fortieth birthday,
fastening my old belt
at a new hole.

Light of a half moon
she traces a thumbnail
across my bare chest.

At the pond's centre,
a circle of ripples
around the full moon.

Peeling onions
in my mother's kitchen -
laughing at our tears.

Staring into flames,
an old man and his old wife,
their dancing shadows.

Breath on the window,
where she said she loved me,
gradually fading.

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