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james hall

a flat estuary accent to match
a personality undemonstrative
to the absolute extreme,
all the bubbles siphoned off
in a reverse sodastream.

unassuming as a coat stand,
gravitating to corners.
milk pale skin and red slash of mouth.
the colouring of a snow white
or sleeping beauty in a ladybird book.

a modest dip of the head,
a bashful sleepy sloe-eyed glance
down the sleek slopes of his cheeks.
serene as a buddha dispensing wisdom,
with a drowsily tranquil smile.

but then without warning
he is a pliant sprite,
airborne and aerodynamic,
brushing the rafters
with humble bare feet
describing circles
against the ceiling.


A poem about British gymnast James Hall. The second poem about James is here.