Gareth Southgate lives down my street

He is the bloke who uses different tongs
to flip the vegetarian burgers from the meat,
the woman who lets strangers
have some of the eggs from her chickens,
the charity shop that lets you stay
a few minutes after closing
so you can triple check the size of those trainers,
the lampposts in the dark corners,
the passerby offering directions,
the leaves that fall
and keep coming back.

© Carl Burkitt 2021

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