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 Capital of  the minimal
R o b   A l l a n

from Karitane Postcards


In the Book of Hours I found on the shelf
pressed flowers     selfheal     groundsell
speedwell     placed there some twenty years ago
by Betty Bell     to Betty it said in the fly leaf
with love from Bella San Francisco May 1953.
Such quietness thereís space to panic.
I like to hear my breath
its noise     the noise and heartís clamour
of direction and purpose.
Truby organized the local residents to sand bag
the river so it didnít flow again in old channels.
On wet nights he roused them
under Godís full glare     sandbagging the insolent

[Karitane Postcards, Hazard Press, 1991]

©  Rob Allan 2004


Last updated 13 July, 2004