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Vanilla Vanilla Vanilla by Selima Hill

The car is full of hens.

It's Friday night.

My only comfort is the word 'vanilla'.

I say it again and again till I fall asleep.

I'm the only child on Earth who is not allowed ice-cream.

* SELIMA HILL

Selima Hill is the poet in residence at the Poetry Library on the South Bank. Her latest collection, 'Violet' was shortlisted for the TS Eliot, Forward and Whitbread prizes

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