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Black daysTo Adrian Manning's previous piece
What to do with historic intimacy
going back to the old poems
to rework them 
seems like such a fraud
like picking up an ex girlfriend in a bar 
touching her up around the edges 
trying to put some new spark into the  dormant being 
there may have been some fire 
but whatever magic was there is now long gone 
many times round the block have only made me tougher 
so now I am cruel  kick them out in the cold early morning 
regretting the memory  knowing that it will never 
be any better than it was 
sometimes though the poems 
are like the ladies  only old ones around 
and it seems to make some kind of crazy sense to go back again
for another swipe at the carcass