Thursday 11 August 2011
Childhood Recipe Circa 1953
Roses twist around its intricate wrought iron.
Carefully select the blowsy blooms,
Snip off the bitter base,
Simmer, distil, strain,
Add the merest touch of cochineal,
Decant into a tiny phial painted with daisies.
Wait three long days
While sunshine shimmers on tarmac.
Then wear the scents of summer like small queens –
Until the perfume putrefies
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