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Bread by Gerald England
published in Volume 5, Issue 2 on June 1st, 1998

Nutty brown wholemeal,
wheat germ, standard white,
supermarket pre-wrapped cardboard,
stale wedding reception left-overs;
it's all the same
to Bewick swans and Mallard ducks
fighting for every thrown crumb,
quacking and screeching
at upstart gulls and starlings
keen to encroach on banks.
Only when the last bag of bread
is emptied,
the last child departed ,
will they retire
fat to the island.

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