stranger and steamier
              in this neck of the mangroves
the yards
             deliciously un-mown,
river lapping the heals of mango trees.

timid couples
turn into fragile families.
the wax and wane of sleep hygiene &
nosebleeds. banana sandwiches, visible in the throat
                during February lunches long ago.

the swampy flats sink to accommodate
three bodies worth of growth spurts.
              beneath lethargic summer stars
the hum of invisible light planes
              colours in
the pre-dinner silence of later years.

               siblings paled by the first acrid
swig of body, on train trips home
from the city on Sundays.
three bedrooms deserted to natural shadows stalking
the post cane fire evening air.

 all memory submerged now
              by sand blown inland from the wind shrunken

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