Country Life and Other Myths Created by Katie Melua
There aren’t 9-million bicycles
in Beijing, and we’re not 12-billion
light years from the edge. However,
there are 7,843 steps as you walk
on cobblestones that threaten to roll
your ankle like cigarette paper.
I’m strolling the weathered planks
of the pier at Bandholm harbour.
The train runs from here to Maribo
on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Twice daily. Today is Monday.
So I walked the village, around
the harbour, watched the gulls,
flicked green flying beetles off
my blouse, spoke to a fisherman,
spoke to an elderly man sitting
on his boat. Women don’t talk
to women around here. They pass
you by as quick as a sea breeze.
Forty years ago when my husband
showed me this corner of Denmark,
I wanted to live here. But not now.
I can’t live where the train only runs
twice daily, only three days a week.
I’m older now. I’m 12-billion light years
from then, and I don’t own a bicycle.
©️ Misky 2019
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