scene outside the city gates

the carter saw him first
coming over the lumpen earth
bearing fruit on a gold cloth as tithe

then came the travelling man
smelling of wood smoke
and humming a tune
that made you want to go with him

well go why don’t you

next a blind captain led by a fool
asking for water
asking for balm
from two old women turned into beasts
the badger
the snuffling warthog

ask the carter
he saw it all
I don’t speak to anyone
but just look on
hardly daring to breath
endlessly waiting

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