Iain McDowell Poems

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Cast Room, Victoria And Albert Museum
Statues are not perfect:
Creamy, candle-coloured, cuppable;

But also strangely stopped,
Like mute, abandoned clocks,

Telling no time, . . .
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Battle Lines
Battle Lines
for Barney and Alice

Your end-of-terrace faces east,
Stone-windowed for the wind and rain.
You wake to sea-pictures, water-coloured
Washes: Lindisfarne and the Castle; God and war.

These two have come at ordinary times,
Flecking the horizon, when women,
Laughing at . . .
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