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Dominic James

Baker Street


Love’s sweet tooth has promised youth

its fingertips and lollipops, strawberries and cream

its secret feast of gentleness almost, one feels

more like a dream than the promised thing itself

for any human combination of girl and boy

each for each in faith and passion

each for each in joy -


watch the loving congregate before they come to know

how faithfully Time lays a route for soul-mates to patrol

for ever in an afternoon, or winter when it’s late,

as each comes back a hundred times to places

they anticipate the other and, if they are there,

some smile and wait, others

will not hesitate.