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Iced Lattes by Luis Ouriach

Arts Richmond

Online - 21 September 2020

Iced Lattes by Luis Ouriach

I pined for you in the southern hemisphere

 

Arriving home from work I’d wait

on the balcony of my Ultimo apartment

opposite the hotel

The one that hosted Saturday church meetings

for devout Indonesian Christians

 

A bowl of frozen mango on my lap

reminding me of summer

in this long, long winter

 

Ding, a reply

your wit thrumming through yesterday’s conversation

last week’s conversation

 

Good morning

 

It’s evening over here

 

Ten thousand,

five hundred,

and

fifty-three

miles

 

Voiceless

personalities painted with

each

key

stroke

 

Static avatars

Is my picture reflective?

Long replies your perspective

 

Charming autodidactic

sarcastic

reactive

energy

 

Two hundred

and

eight point

six

miles

 

July 31st

I’m on Monmouth Street

 

Two iced lattes, please.

 

from ABOUT TIME, the 2019 anthology of shortlisted entries from The Roger McGough Poetry Prize. Copies of this Anthology can be purchased for £5 including P&P from Arts Richmond.


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