The horns of a dilemma
Pan has eaten through the clothesline again
and it’s got my father’s goat
so I’m sent down the river to clear his throat.
He brings up a bunting of astrakhan,
gabardine and worsted I unravel,
shred and knot into a rag rug.
The only snag is the catch-stitch caught on the overhang
it finds the drag of the river and disembowels the goat
as the whole shebang floats downstream.
Keith Payne recently published his first collection, Broken Hill (Lapwing Press)