From a drawing by P. Moore 1985
First published in January 2019
a Cyprus man needs seven chairs.
He sits at ease arms propped, legs splayed
But he’s just using five,
I say. You haven’t looked! So I count once more.
Two for his arms, two for his legs,
one for his backside.
Five, I repeat
not knowing a lot about Cypriot men – then,
I see! He leans his stick on another chair
and most importantly,
places his coffee cup
on the seventh. No wonder he looks so smug.