In the heart of my close friend

I cannot see the sun setting, but
I can see its warm gold tingeing a dowdy wood-pigeon
which bobs on a green wave of foliage
near the top of the graceful hornbeam, swaying
lightly in the cool breeze of a Moseley June evening.

Sipping wine on the terrace, half-listening to Hercule Poirot
confounding Captain Hastings, I lean
against the door while Telewest pumps its digital stream
through the hi-fi bought on Constitution Hill, where the Indian man said
It was terrible about Heather - I am sorry for your loss.

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