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#014: On the language floor of a bookshop

I’m trying to decide whether to buy

Miguel de Cervantes for kids

Or a book on the grammatical structure of Jamaican Creole

When-

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“Gary, love, you know those twenty pound notes you gave me”

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A tinny voice

Scratches their way out of a speaker phone

The hand that holds the phone

Nowhere to be seen.

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“Well some of them are missing”

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I hear mumbling …”Janet.”

Mumble Mumble Mumble.

I go past the French aisle, nothing

Return a book to Jamaica

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“And some of them look like they’ve been chewed apart”

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I think back to last week’s novel by Sara Collins

Her protagonist, Frannie

Forced to eat pages of a book she dared to read

Who dared to steal this money? Got caught and forced to chow down on

Ink, Sweat, Metallic and-

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“Corner shop won’t take ’em”

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I turn into the German aisle to spot

A giggling couple caressing their fingers

Over a copy of Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’

It takes both of them to hold the weight of 60 pages.

Even they are distracted by Janet down the phone.

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“I’m not being funny love, but you’re the only person who’s given me £20 notes”

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The audio and veneer of being “nice” begin to crack.

I quicken my pace, Gary makes no response back.

Past Russian, Italian, Urdu and Indonesian

Gary’s silence causes Janet’s intonation and blood pressure

To compete for dominion.

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“Gary. Gary!”

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Gary is crouched down on the carpet

Reading ‘The Little Prince’ in Welsh.

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