Pre-flight drinks


Pre-flight drinks


East Midlands Airport:the bar

where I’m not sitting.


I’m on a black vinyl sofa

in front of a booth,


Sometimes the bottles at the back of the bar

glow purple under fuschia and violet spots.


Enticing elixirs. Next moment

they’re coming up in blues.


It would be a case of smash and grab, I think:

seizing, unstopping, drinking


before someone zealous pulled the switch

that drained the magical away from the realism.




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