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Perfectly Imperfect

And we made it to Italy. and swam off the rocks, with a man we’d met in a cafe because he said we could.

Perfectly Imperfect

 

 

It started when we stood hopefully,

with our thumbs outstretched

by an English roadside.

We were heading towards Italy and Yugoslavia

without maps or money,

or sense of direction.

And we made it to Italy.

and swam off the rocks,

with a man we’d met in a cafe

because he said we could.

And we swam and swam until two policemen came,

(one very stern and one very twinkly),

and said we couldn’t.

Nor could we leave the rocks without clothes on,

or with clothes clinging to our still wet bodies,

or lie on the rocks until we were dry,

in case we disconcerted the traffic or populace.

This being the main street in Trieste.

And we made it to Pec and lived

in a house ‘typique du Turque’

with a water pump in the garden

and a toilet, also ‘Typique du Turque’,

which made us very ill indeed.

But the parties were good and

the conversations interesting,

Even though no one spoke English.

And we learned to speak some Albanian,

which was always handy.

And we survived to sit thirstily by a hot,

dusty roadside and fantasize

about the ice cold mountain water

streaming through the streets of Pec,

and even about the water pump in the garden.

And we made it back home.

We had got lost a lot,

but hadn’t got raped or murdered.

So far as we can remember.

What perfection.

 

Perfectly Imperfect was first published by Silver Birch Press, Perfect Vacation Series, August 2015.
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Lynn White
I live in north Wales. I have been writing at various points in my life since I was in my teens. My work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people I has known or imagined. I am especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality.

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