How She Writes

Precisely spaced curls
The positive angle to the right
Number 1 on a dartboard.

The way it would fit Cyrillic script
As if trained, a monk’s patient labour
Everyday comments turned mediocre
To exclusive.

The first time I saw her writing
Inside an antique red Russian Easter card
I knew I had found something
Special; a keeper I had become
Keeper of beautiful prose.

Skim reading notebooks
Not for content, grammar, or style
For uniform shapes, delicious curls
Like English butter at afternoon tea.
Writing like this should be banned
In any other hand but hers.


GP Moss

January 2017


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