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This poem is taken from PN Review 153, Volume 30 Number 1, September - October 2003.

Three Poems Kathryn Simmonds


Moonlighting

Last night you had a walk-on
as a Spanish waiter
in my dream.
How tanned you were
and how surprised I was to see you
in your startling white tunic,
servile and a little sad.


Five Strategies for Dealing with Loneliness

1
Answer ads to see the room -
sip tea with strangers, question them about the council tax.
Answer other ads; go to see a mountain bike, a baby's crib, a set of velour-
covered chairs.

2
Pretend you have no home.
Sit on the street and chat to kindly passers by.
Accept a cup of tea.
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