Cause and Effect by Richard Livermore

The sneeze which caused
the horse to bolt
and bare its splendid

rump was unintended
– a discharge
in the countryside

which nothing could
suppress produced
an avalanche of panic

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• Biography: Richard Livermore was born in Sussex in 1944. He went to various boarding-schools and left at 15. He joined the Army, but was discharged 6 months later. He went from job to job and in 1974 to Newbattle Abbey College in Scotland. He has lived in Scotland ever since, except for 5 years in Spain. He has had numerous poems published in magazine and webzines in Britain and the USA, plus books by Lothlorien, Diehard and Chanticleer Press. He is presently retired.
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