Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 271: Kilmacolm

15 and a jar of instant
 
There’ll be no thirteens on this estate
so here’s a baker’s dozen, plus one, plus one:
lawn proud and redchip, horseshoe and geraniums.
 
We are talking Great Universal,
Avon and denier.
This is yoghurt, vinyl,
the age of the wagon prams.
 
(A third boy’s five fivestones,
sill-high on the outside
glimpse a jar of instant –
fall back, smack
into his hand,
the winning catch.)
 
There’ll be no thirteens on this estate,
so here’s a baker’s dozen – plus one,
plus one.
 
Richard Price
 

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