Not a surprise

Here it is no surprise

Here it is no surprise

To share a bed with sand, crabs or frogs

Or to wash vegetables

In the shower

***

It is no big deal

To be paid 2 weeks late

Or to buy milk

From the Mayor

***

We have got used to our names being one

Shouted through cracks in fences

From outdoor sinks

Or a pink plastic bike shipped from the women’s guild

in Mississippi

***

Here you can only buy

Second hand clothes

With ‘Love not drugs’ worn by the priest’s wife

Or ‘Best Grandpa in the world’

Worn by a 10 year old

Proudly, not knowing English.

***

Here it is no surprise

When the sun dips red, deep into the ocean

That all you have done all day

Is open the back door

To connect to this one room village

And this has filled your time happily

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