Poems

Allan Lake: ‘Blue’

Blue On a grey Thursday morning, fourth consecutive concrete sky since (you-figure-it-out), I settle in at a Polish cafe where Billie Holiday sings me into sweet plum jam at the heart of a deliciously unholey glazed doughnut that I hope will disperse some mid-winter cloud or, at least, provide a moment- ary break. I ask little, expect less and get just my dessert. Allan Lake

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