Digging

Living in nowhere
out in the sticks
replanting
laying
old hedgerows
which carry surprises
scrap metal
holed water tanks
puzzling bits of cars
bedsteads
motorcycles
an old hand plough
that I donated
to the local museum
a cheese pail
repainted now
with a new use
holding umbrellas
building a pile
and wondering
what to do with
rusty hand saws
buckets?
Another winters day
my friend Pete
and I
filled a trailer
battled the ice and snow
to the scrap yard
to weigh in
piled out the
bits and pieces
from the centuries
of discard
and waited
after a long while
the little window
opened
a hand popped out
& a deep voice
rumbled
“which of you wants
The £1.50?”

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