Ditches – Jennie Farley


She has no need to sleep in ditches.
There’s a warm bed waiting at home,
Ovaltine and slippers.

There’s a husband called Stan
who does the washing up, Nobby the dog,
and a blue-and-yellow budgie.

Her friends have smiling faces,
wear flowery frocks from Boden,
and hug each other every time they meet.

But she has a cat called Satan
and a pet crow black
as the blackest night.

She wears a tattered skirt,
and dances barefoot on the forest floor
with a red-haired slattern.

Jennie Farley is a published poet, workshop leader and teacher living in Cheltenham.
Her work has featured in many magazines and been performed at festivals. Her first
collection was Her Grandmother Skating (Indigo Dreams Publishing 2016) followed by
Hex (IDP 20128). She founded and runs NewBohemians@CharltonKings an arts club
providing poetry, performance, music throughout the year.
Website jenniefarleypoetry.wordpress.com

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