EasyJet to Tel Aviv

The red-haired air hostess,
pinned by pearls and ponytail,
worked the too busy aisle,
shunting the rattled trolley
as the Orthodox Jews
curled each payot dutifully,
before they gathered
for prayers over Europe:
Her ochre beauty bobbed
between the brushed hats
of the swaying gentlemen,
her colouring broke hearts.

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