Lunch at the Elephant & Castle

32 pages
Published: October 1, 2008
Publisher: Templar Poetry
ISBN-10: 1906285241
ISBN-13: 978-1906285241

Katrina’s pamphlet ‘Lunch at the Elephant & Castle’ won the 2008 Templar Poetry Competition and was published in October 2008.

“Katrina Naomi is not afraid to take risks and knows how to ‘tell it slant’. So her restlessly varied and wide-ranging poems – whether touching, shocking, entertaining, compassionate or sinister – have a vital freshness.”
Michael Laskey


Lunch at the Elephant & Castle

I hadn’t thought of you, hadn’t thought of
you walking into The George, but you did.

And through the smoke and people standing up,
you saw me lying on the carpet with

Andy, was that his name? I’m not too sure.
I do remember how much I’d fancied

him. He was blond, while you’re dark, blue-eyed while
yours are grey. I don’t think you’ve forgotten

have you? I don’t have much of an excuse,
except it was lunchtime and I hadn’t

eaten, but I had drunk nine bottles of
Becks, so lying at the back of The George

with (let’s call him) Andy seemed OK.
Perhaps it was, until I was aware

of your leopard print shoes next to my head,
and the way you said nothing. I’m grateful

for that. You put out your hand, helped me to
my feet and walked me back to Lambeth North.

It was then that I knew I wanted you.


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