This poem is taken from Stand 216, 15(4) December 2017 - February 2018.

Beverley Bie Brahic Poem
Dé fense de Pisser
Pétanque players in a puddle of sun.  
Card players sitting around a table,
Kibitzers playing a double game. The card players
Are on kitchen chairs—50s, 60s
Chrome, laminate and vinyl-upholstered
Discards. A remnant of beige broadloom  
Clothes the plywood tabletop.  

Cabbies off-duty, shopkeepers, pensioners,  
This is their club: L’Amicale
Des Joueurs de Pétanque, Défense de Pisser.  
A snack bar serves beer and shiny helium hearts.
If a woman saunters past, male  
Camaraderie’s laughter follows her.

Back in the shrubs, a couple of lovers
Embrace on a bench, diminutive nymph
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