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Lyrpole and the Jarg Flim 16

it’s only when I’m away that I realise

all of this; how Blue Bell Lane I love you,

how Abercromby Square I haven’t found

a square quite like you and I love you, how that tree in Calderstones

I love you, that old tree, how Prince Rupert’s Tower,

despite everything, I love you, how when the Number 10 bus

turns onto London Road and I can almost

taste the city and the lions in front of St George’s Hall

I love you, how Stadt Moers Park I hated you

and now I love you, how Island Road

I never walk you calmly but I love you,

how where Lancashire meets Maghull

and I can’t swallow because I feel it, I love you,

how the walk from the Ship and Mitre down past Rigby’s

as Wales fades and despite what they’ve done

to the docks how I love you, how that alley

between Adswood Road and Huyton Lane that follows

the sewer and the cricket ground, does anyone play

cricket here, I love you, how the hollow of Cressington

Station I love you, how the old tram lines

by The Belvedere I love you, how there are so many

mysteries about what actually goes on in Birkenhead and I love you,

how on Blacklow Brow I ran all the way home and I love you,

but none of that’s true is it, it’s only a liar’s hymn,

but some believe in permanency and that’s fine,

if there’s permanency, and I doubt it,

then the riches of this place will stand forever

and someday, soon probably, someone

will say all that and mean every last word

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About michaeleganpoetry

Liverpool based poet and editor. I have had four pamphlets of poetry published, most recently After Stikklestad (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2010). Penned in the Margins published my first collection, Steak & Stations, in 2010.

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