First published November 2020

a ginnel runs free
down one side
of the street

dogs pull at leads
to drink, children skip
across and across

no traffic, perfect for
a stroll, hand-in-hand
couples pause, chat, kiss

they loiter at shop
windows, bookshop,
bakers, beauty salon

they sit at cafe tables
sipping coffee, take selfies
in the October sun

a girl sings songs
of the 80s, her voice
gentle, in perfect tune

water dances downhill
a splash of history
in the heart of Frome