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Today a builder’s truck

headlights flashing

halts the traffic

allows the cortège

to proceed.

A flat-capped man

stops to salute

our procession

with his walking stick.

Two crows pause

their feast of berries

as the hearse passes.

About the Author

Karen Powell-Curtis has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Leicester. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and magazines including Welcome to Leicester: poems about the city, The Interpreter’s House and Silver Birch Press. She is on Twitter as @kepowellcurtis and Instagram as @karenpowellcurtis. Her website is

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