Weather

Weather
by Gill Ward

We are not allowed
to talk about the weather
in our house.

In our house
we do not talk about
the weather

The weather
is all they talk about
in the north of England

In the north of England
talking about the weather
is all they do

All they do
is talk about the weather
because there is nothing

because there is nothing
much else to talk about.
in the north of England

in the north of England
the weather is what they discuss
that and sometimes illness

that and sometimes illness
and sometimes who’s died
and then the weather

and then the weather
and also the war
and the enormous part

the enormous part
and essentially important
part they played in it.

the part they played in it
and the ration books
and what the neighbours did

and what the neighbours did
but they don’t orphan
the major component

the major component,
the weather, because
the weather always needs

the weather always needs
a mother and a father
to talk about it

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