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John Clare in a Paris Bar 2

Friday, 17 April 2009 14:48:25
I love to see the glasses neatly lined
The tumbler with the drinking straws in place
I love to see the bottles ready and uncorked
And tables stained with ancient food and beer
I like the waitress leanng half way o'er
The long dark bar and where the patron
From his hiding place pushes the drapes
Aside to issue forth with crepes and cafe noir.

It's really interesting to experience how  the presence in the background of one poem can influence (and help, I think) the making of another.   The last few lines have been flung on the page rather quickly so there's a need to reflect now.

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