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Mat Riches



The Long Game  

For The Bunny, The Boy Geller, and Rug 


Ready or not, here I come. 

I’ll wear everyday camouflage, 

blending in with the end of your nose, 

the tip of your tongue, 

the next thing on your list of chores


and I’ll appear 

while you’re looking the other way,  

caught in a cycle of washing up,  

rushing around or stopped at lights  

about to go green, 

walking a dog you never thought you would own. 

This patience becomes you,  

suits you down to the ground, my friend. 

The jockeying for position, the exit 

to a quiet place: they work. 

Olly Olly Oxen Free

You’re it. 

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