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I was in Frome in July to run a poetry workshop for the Frome Festival. Afterwards I meandered through the Saturday antique market and was inspired to write the poem which was commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry competition 2009. http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/slq2.4/essays/competitionreport.html
Here is the poem.
Above the telescope shop above
the July heat and bustle
of an artisanâ€™s market squeezed
against each wall of its lane
where wheels bump and feet scuffle
on cobbles, a window is open
like a burst blister to the air.
There, a potted orchid jars
against its socket of a room
to look down on us all
with a fading pink puff bloom;
the face of an old lady
whose powdered expression is disdain,
sad certain that her Sunday stillness
of church, silent brick, bees
and best dress will never come again.
name: Graham Burchell
Above the telescope shop