Too Sweet

His father had recently complained
That the Polish beer that
His other son liked to drink
Was too sweet.

In Richmond station, on a Thursday evening,
A look from another man of sixty,
Marks & Spencer’s African security guard,
Was exactly right-
Weary, resigned but genuine acknowledgement
‘Yes,’ his face said. ‘You are here and so am I,
But let’s not make too much of it,
We’d both rather be at home,
Or really anywhere else.’

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