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A poem in an instant...

Steve Pottinger
In a pause... Steve Pottinger

We’d covered all the angles,
got the haircuts, got the moves
we had the cheekbones and the six-packs
and we knew we had the grooves.

We could smile and we could smoulder
we could croon and we could sing,
we were a cast-iron, sure-fire,
guaranteed next year’s new big thing.

In a pause... is one of the runners-up in the 2018 Poetry on Loan poetry competition. Poets were asked to submit poems up to 20 lines in length on the theme Take this...

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