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Pete Godfrey

Sep
2017
Thursday 14th
posted by Jody Porter in Arts

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Fête de L’Humanité
Pete Godfrey

My pen was made from a husk of maize,
a present at la Fête
SNCF, chemins de fer, their stand spilling a light
on lines that weave extremities of land.

And when I write
I think of engineers, of guards in grey caps
striding the carriage clipping tickets,
of station clerks dependable as timetables.

I think of wasting nothing from the harvest,
reaping it all in
and inventing uses for the chaff
ingenious as gold.

I think of writing with a flourish –
not the weighty curl of letters but a fervid scrawl,
my orange plastic pen steeped in
a day’s sweat, decorous as truth.




Note: La Fête de L’Humanité is an annual cultural festival in Paris run by the French Communist newspaper L’Humanité, which takes place in September each year and attracts upward of half-a-million people.

Pete Godfrey works as a journalist and lives in the Hebrides.                                            

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