His hand isn’t up the horse’s arse, he’s just bending his arm

A black and white kitten
is hopping around the pub car park
flicking leaves with its sock-like paws.
A man with floorboard cracked cheeks
is pointing at his battered fish
speaking Welsh to an English baby
who looks like a pirate commanding his high chair.
A cyclist is drinking Guinness through a straw.
A group of teenagers are refusing to get lost
in their imaginations and walk away
from the equestrian enthusiasts
to kick a deflated football against a sad fence.

© Carl Burkitt 2021

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