Rochester Row, Rochester Row
awning's up, shutter's low
two months gone, one bond breaking
memory like paint thin flaking
nothing of him there remains
unless you press on window panes
where, marked in dust when someone peeled
his sticky letters from the glass,
is empty outline faint revealed
of what he was, of what he was
Go there! See it in the panes!
Tell me you are unaffected!
Something spectral there remains -
Dealer In The Unexpected
3 September 1999