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This poem is taken from PN Review 37, Volume 10 Number 5, March - April 1984.

Poems Robert Sheppard

POOR OLD HORSE

for Peter & Stevie

Choose a style, suitably
anonymous. You're a spokes-
man for every man who's
ever sung this song, or
its ill-mannered variants.
Choose a style. Some
indefinite rural patch
gives up its voice, with
'sepia photographs of "the
apotheosis of the jovial
Englishman" ', which seem
a little too obviously
posed for the Edwardian
collector. 'He steps out
of the pages of Thomas
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