Lines for a reflection (Rabat 1982)

Lines for a reflection

Rabat, 1982

All poems copyright of Christopher Hutchison / Air & Water Publishing Co.
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Listen:

I will not now walk
wet streets evenings
in the shop lights,
yellow lamplights,
moon, and beacon
headlights of the
slushing cars and
evening buses.

Ten years ago
that would have been
romantic in the way
that being tired
and getting wet
and generally
uncomfortable
can tend to be

romantic. Now
I lounge beneath
Moroccan skies
of reliable blue
(“300 days
of sunshine every
year”, the brochures
boast). There is a lot

to be said for vulgar
self-indulgence,
for Boulaouane
and hot bstella,
and Arab women
with minds like sewers,
for a calm, mature
disregard for

poetry,
a tuning of
the faculties
of wonder and
imagination
to a happy
lust for living
in the present.