Lenten Visitor

Sand Dollar


Sixpence for the first to see the sea –

not so far to leave the car

and a better rate than opening gates –

we rubbernecked through the sunshine roof

bumped our heads on hump-backed bridges

stomachs separating like curds and whey

but it was always the miser-driver who saw the sea –


all those sixpences on silver sands

those dollars on the dunes

with a salt watermark stamped by the sea

were his…

rising tall in his seat

like a cheese soufflé with a hat on.

This was Michael’s first collection, by KQBX press, published in 1985. There are still copies of this pamphlet available on request for £1 each.

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