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Published June 18, 2017
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The Sugar House

by Simon Cockle

I saw a boy in a cap, once,
who came to watch the men
make syrup from trees.
He sat with his dog
and threw a stick
half-heartedly, as they

set to work. Then,
while no-one was looking,
he bashed a wooden tap
into the trunk of a Maple tree
and lapped at the sweet
trickle of sap that emerged.
No-one said a word.

Later, the men poured
the syrup they had made
onto a dome of snow. Grinning,
they rolled sticks up the elastic
sugar-brown slicks, gently
twirling them like matchsticks.

They sucked and chewed
a long time in silence
as the boy and his dog
slept under the table.
Later, someone played
Maple Sugar on a borrowed fiddle
as the snow melted into the gaps
between the floorboards.


Biography
Simon Cockle: I am a poet and writer from Hertfordshire, England.  My
poetry has been published in
iOTA, the London Progressive Journal,
Pantheon Magazine, Rat's Ass Review, Algebra of Owls, and Poetica
Botanica
. I was invited to read at this year's Ledbury Poetry Festival in
England. I teach English at a local school and pick up a guitar occasionally,
with the intention of playing it.
simoncockle.wordpress.com.
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