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This poem is taken from PN Review 237, Volume 44 Number 1, September - October 2017.

Three Poems Rory Waterman
Parable with Ageing Parent

They’re both down by 9
             at table 5 – the

             bay window table! –
clicking cutlery

with the egg smells, clicks,
             scrapes and tiny talk,

             talking and scraping
at full Englishes.

The year dismantles
             against our wishes;

             he sees it over
her head, through warped glass:

dry leaves quave, pitch, or
             tousle ragged lawns.

             In here, buff lights burn,
the year dismantles,

and she pours coffee

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