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This poem is taken from PN Review 257, Volume 47 Number 3, January - February 2021.

Elegy for Alison Olivia Byard
Trionic Veloped

(‘Sweden's stylish new mobility aid’)
i.m. Alison Byard

Your burble about this rushes
to be heard – its sporty look, light frame
detachable wheels you dreamt of
for your cycling marathons –
                         and now out of breath,
you wheeze, chemo-bald again but delighted
to explain – you can clamp
on the light-touch brakes and rest a while
on its seat.
                         I admit I was
doubtful – its price, and also,
the princess-gold pumps you chose
as sole footwear for a wet week
in Snowdonia.

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