03 December 2008

Years Of Practice (rev)

2 fat ladies


















The two fat ladies sell soft
toys and bric-a-brac which
they unpack from large
cardboard cartons they
must have had to shrink
to fit inside their tiny car.


Both are as wide
as they are tall
their smiles warm and
their customers all
greeted effusively
like they really matter.


When we first met
at market that year
I just had to ask how
they fitted everything
into an unbelievably
small car.


There was no malice
or derogatory intent
I was truly amazed
and genuinely
wanted
to know.


They smiled coyly
and said – like it
was the stone cold truth
that it took years
of practice.
© 2005, I.D. Carswell