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Steve Pottinger, West Midlands, UK

Poems on the Buses Exhibition

You notice the girl at the chippy
is different, stands somehow taller.

The weekly swelling on her face is gone,
the green of her gaze is electric.

As the bruises on her arm fade
she blossoms into defiance, ink

and shovels scraps into your tray
like a woman firing dirt into

a fresh-dug grave.