The Gongoozlers

They put their coffees down
and stand by the canal
watching monkeys navigating boats.
They watch the antics on the water
and offer advice like neatly peeled bananas.
It’s been a lifetime since they didn’t know
what they were doing. Their skin is
stone holding in a river of freedom.
Later they will tell their friends
about the animals that came to visit
and compliment the way they turned
in such a tight space.

© Carl Burkitt 2022

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