Small town story

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Worn red sandstone, grey slates slipping. Salesmen knocking on terraced doors. Serviette swans swim on tables set for dinner. Swollen feet trapped in tiny slip-on shoes, mussel shell blue. Steel toe Joe’s flirt with flannelette girls, the owner of the general store croons. An elderly woman with a capstan cough listens.What brought you here ?  Life. Life brought me here. The last train leaves before midnight….

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