#2,436 A Sussex Village

An Italian-bastard coffee served
alongside a mattress-thick slice
of cake –
& opposite us a village
store offering nearly everything
needed to live well in Sussex –
range of unpriced veg –
Life –
French bread –
Locals walk
dogs –
pups take turns to piss on
an A-sign for a visiting pizza van
[Every Thursday At 7PM] –
Drunk –
my coffee done –
Rain blows in –
we return to my car & retreat as
houses darken in an early dusk
[& a late shift attends to pumps
in their –
only –
remaining pub]