augury doggerel

Saturday, June 01, 2002


Last night after midnight, when no one could sleep, I rubbed the woman�s back with one hand and sipped tea with the other. The cat stood at the foot of the bed and watched out the window. Something moved outside and then we heard the stutter of a magpie. One had settled in the tree just outside our window.

The cat sat and stared at the magpie. The magpie sat and stared back. They were still staring when we fell asleep. I believe a grudge is being held.


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