That forgotten ingredient

in a splendid meal

to which one guest

will have an allergic reaction


Severe as the cut of topiary

glimpsed at the crest of a hill


Buried like the scent of

hedges in a rain-soaked park


Uneasy as gravel crunching underfoot

in a garden long-since paved


Why are cartoon characters drawn

with four digits on each hand?

Why are birch trees planted in threes?