The Picnic In The Park by David Cooke

Why it took till the end of June
for a few rays of sunshine
to undermine stoic gloom
is anyone’s guess
or maybe someone’s plan.

But now days have simmered
to weeks of constant heat
the world lays out  its picnic –
asprawl on grass
in shorts and skimpy tops.

In a season of bared midriffs
and jewelled navel studs,
the buried ink has blossomed
on shoulders, calves,
and smalls of backs.

Beside the lake a band
calls saints and sinners home –
its congregation high-stepping
like dudes who sashay
down on Rampart Street.

Unimpressed by upstart gulls,
the tut-tutting ducks
decide to hold their peace.
They’re the kind of birds who know
good times never last.

David Cooke won a Gregory Award in 1977 and has been widely published in the UK, Ireland and beyond. His most recent collection, Work Horses, was published in 2012 by Ward Wood Publishing. His next collection, A Murmuration, will be published by Two Rivers Press in 2015.

David Cooke won a Gregory Award in 1977 and has been widely published in the UK, Ireland and beyond. His most recent collection, Work Horses, was published in 2012 by Ward Wood Publishing. His next collection, A Murmuration, will be published by Two Rivers Press in 2015.

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