Rou

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Dark eyed warrior
queen.
Mauri masks shine.
Polished piranha pine.

Indian, inuit
Cossack, Celt
Arapahoe, Arctic explorer
Kublai khan’s successor
on an ebony charger.

Centre of chaos.
Militant revolutionist,
tamed by dinner
Curled and content
on my wrinkled knee.

Fills my eye
from miles away.
The motive, reeling in
my next five thousand days.

– Dave Kavanagh.

For my beautiful (foster) daughter Rou Kavanagh.

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