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A winner of the Poetry News Members' Poems competition on the theme of 'Gold', judged by Kei Miller.

The Guest

by Paul Stephenson

l’ll never know who he was,
the man that just sat there

his face pressed into the head rest,
his beard a black avalanche.

He sat there in the way
piles of gravel do, delivered

to the beginning of a drive,
one ear folded like a landscape

Christmas card, one eye
a red foil bauble

dented from storage.
He sat in the glow of the lights

and we prodded him
with the fire poker, tickled

his nose with a strip
of gold tinsel. Nothing.

In the kitchen, cold meats, pickles.
Upstairs, choices to be made.

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