Winter 2006 Poetry Competition Third Prize

For Hugo Williams…

by Maureen Cate


I discovered you by accident.

Your voice, reading poetry on the car radio.

So I bought you at the

Recommended Retail Price

Of twenty pounds.

(I would have paid more.)

And then, yesterday,

I saw a dead swan.

Blackening, bloodstained,

Soft, white throat.

Death by telephone cable.

And I thought of you

Realising that I too,

In seconds, was wondering

Where to break the lines.

 ©2006 Maureen Cate

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