Post Card by Roger McGough

17th July 1998 at 01:00
To the bathrooms of Bulgaria, I leave my priceless collection of plugs.

To its derelict shop doorways, I leave my prize bin-liners.

To the pot-holes in its motorways, my bubbling asphalt.

To its hobbling babitchkas, I leave new shoes and endless firewood.

To its dark-eyed girls, the love poems I couldn't smuggle through Customs.

To its tracksuits, with heads of bone and mobile phones, I leave...

The babitchkas' old shoes.

Roger McGough

Roger McGough's latest publications are 'The Spotted Unicorn', a collection for adults from Viking published in the autumn, and a new anthology for children, 'The Ring of Words' (Faber)

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