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Ghostlight - New & Selected Poems by Mark Granier

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The Next Best Thing

Granier, Mark

is the aroma-therapy candle in the bathroom at the end
of a car-burning estate,
the instinct to breathe in, suspend
judgement and keep the (above all lowercase) faith —

metaphysics of streetlights coming on
gradually, each flicker like an echoey cough,
pink at first as the rosy winter dawn
that will see them off —

finding we are each other’s 
strangers who stop in their tracks in the night 
to stoop and kneel and murmur 
to another: ‘It’s alright love, it’s alright’ —  


Copyright © Mark Granier 2017

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