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The Leash

Something is happening there now
I know it, I can hear the lane full
Of children's voices, the lowing cow
Tramples on the peanut hull,

But not that, not that common routine
And not the buckets sitting still
On the kottas, nor Lawford in the ravine
And his cart rumbling up the hill

Not the blowing horn of the coming bus
And children running from far away
To reach the schoolhouse through the dust
Before the bus passes them in delay

Something is happening there, I know
I can hear the dogs barking now
And there among them my Benbow
Midst sticks supplied by the wounded bough

The mongoose will not escape today
Melbourne is putting fire in the pingwing patch
And I am here so far away
Now that my hens can lay and hatch

O deep in my blood, Jamaica is calling
Her golden breast foams in the mouth of the sea
And blue her mountains rise in the morning
Deep in her arms I long to be.

Copyright © David Smalling

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  1. Date: 9/22/2010 5:00:00 PM
    sounds like a vacation to me...enjoyed reading!

  1. Date: 9/22/2010 8:36:00 AM
    It was like getting a 360 view of the surrounding area, watching the goings on of the moment while eavesdropping on the thoughts of someone faraway longing to return. I was so caught up in the sort of half-alert, half-daydream voice it could have been an almost psychic vision, peering through a memory hole left open in invitation. Very well done... you created such a mood with this one. Had to read it a few more times because I wanted to experience it again and again. An easy favorite.