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poohsticks by Laurie Evans

you snap a stick off a sunburnt beech meet the river’s rush and throw / chase the current as it cradles your battered branch across the cascade crashing to the wash below / i wheeze freezingly behind / catch the autumn crabapple burn in your cheeks / tear a twig from a lumpy yew / aim an elbow at the knucklewhite rapids / hurl the wood with herculean strength straight at my wellied toes / a lost robin rides your silent smile to the sky / another try / i twist  a sprig off a crisp birch / grip  my frostglass fingers / feel them melt as you wrap your mittened hand around mine / arch my arm back gently / teaching me to let go --- Laurie Eaves is a writer from the village of Yapton. His debut collection, Biceps (2020), is published by Burning Eye Books and his work has been published by Bad Betty Press, Ink Sweat & Tears, Poetr
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