ILL n’ OI in ILLINOIS

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I crossed into Illinois via Lake Michigan, and swam down to sweet home Chicago. As I got out of the water a car sped past with a couple of guys with shades on inside, and a veritable convoy of different kinds of people chasing them. What a welcome, I thought; and also that I’m glad I’m on a mythological/legendary plain, and don’t have to deal with everyday events.

As I walked down the street a Chicago Bear was heading down the road towards me; no, it wasn’t a grizzly, it was William ‘The Fridge’ Perry, the legendary American Footballer. I said ‘Hi, Fridge’, and he replied ‘Hi, Greeny’.

Then I climbed up the Sears Tower for great views over the city, and had a spot of lunch downtown. It was quite windy in the windy city.

Then I headed south to Pontiac, where I had a bit of trouble avoiding all the traffic, and down to Normal, where I began to feel ill. Returning to Pontiac, I had even more trouble with the cars, and a driver shouted ‘Oi, you in the greenygrey, get out of my way’. I suppose he wasn’t to know I was ill when he oi’d me.

I headed east after that, and reached the border with Indiana by nightfall. I’d enjoyed Illinois, and soon recovered from my illness.

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About Marc Latham

The Folding Mirror poetry form emerged from the haiku structure in 2007, and the first published poem by Marc Latham was in January 2008. Caroline Gill clarified the form in 2010, while Wendy Webb and the Norfolk Poets have been very supportive in publishing and publicising the form. Claire Knight and Sarah James have also been instrumental in the form's evolution.

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