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This poem is taken from PN Review 18, Volume 7 Number 4, March - April 1981.

Two Poems A. V. Simcock
The Straw

When they laid straw outside the house,
I was afraid.

And when they bore you, men in tall hats,
I followed speechless.

It was windy in the churchyard, rain blew across.
Nothing was resolved.

There was some talk of redemption but
your stone grows mossy.
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