Milka sat on her bicycle
looking at you
the Saturday morning sun
was warm


you'd just finished work
and had met her
by the bridge
where we going?


she asked
we could leave the bikes
at my place
and go into town


to the cinema
you said
what just sit there
in the dark


and not be able
to see each other
or such?
she said


we could ride
to where I used to live
and see the pond there
where I used to fish?


you said
is it far?
she said
not too far


she pulled a face
can't go to my place
she said
my mother's home


as she usually is
no chance
of being alone
with you there


she said grumpily
mine is no good
at weekends
you said


she looked at you
her eyes gazing
the old pond then
it is


she said
and you began to cycle
with her beside you
back up the hill


and by the farmhouse
where she lived
and along narrow lanes
between hedgerows


and birds flying out
and the occasional
car rushing by
she beside you


talking all the way
about how her mother
moans about her
not doing this or that


or not doing
the chores properly
and how her two brothers
tease her


about going out with you
and how you needed
to see a shrink
and you smile


knowing her brothers well
then you're on the main road
and a mile or so
and you are there


and go in
by the back way
along a narrow lane
and into the woods


behind the cottage
where you used to live
and along the narrow ride
through the woods


to the field
and then the pond
which is peaceful
and the water is still


and a few ducks
swim there
and birds sing
from tall trees


you rest the bikes
against trees
and sit on the grass
by the pond


quiet here
you said
we used to call this
the lake


who's we?
Milka said
my old girlfriend and I
you replied


where is she now?
we don't see
each other any more
you said


Milka said nothing
but gazed at the water
of the pond
at the ducks there


and looked
at the fish
just beneath
the surface


did you make out here?
she asked
now and then
you said


why bring me here?
she said moodily
it's quiet
and we can be alone


you said
is that all?
not wanting relive
old memories with me?


she said
you gazed at her
no of course not
that was a different thing


different love
so you say
she said
should we leave then?


you said
she stared at the pond
at the ducks drifting
and the sunlight


through the branches
of tall trees
she said


I like it here
she lay down
on the grass
sunlight on her face


her hands resting
on her abdomen
you lay beside her
did you really


make out here?
now and then
did no one see you?
not that we ever knew


you said
she smiled
what if someone had?


we didn't think of that
at the time
bet you didn't
she said


what was it like
the first time?
it's history
you said


we're what matters now
she nodded
yes I guess we are
she said


and the sun shone bright
through the tall trees
and a bird flew by
over head.

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