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Ish


by Donal Thompson


Is and Not Is is Ish.
Iberian autumns and Spanish springs.
They are never what you wish,
these things.

The fake nicotine stain
on the ceiling of smoke-free bars.
Unloved mongrels sub-woofing  pain
from their cars.

The virgin hook awaiting its fish.
Lamia halfway to a bat.
The feline apotheosis of Ish -
Shroedinger's cat.

Some flowers grow higher than others.
One bird is mute. Another sings.
Girls outgrow their mothers.
It is the nature of  things

Everything is a halfway state
No point that isn't a middle position
Even the full-stop of fate
is just a comma before decomposition,
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