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Streamlined Pram


Her fair-haired boy was not expecting this.

She’d said it was a present just for him.

He presses hard against her, waits for a kiss

before he’ll climb into this tiny zeppelin.

We must always change with the times.

He tugs her skirt as she caresses its sleek lines.



© Stephen Devereux

Picture 10528285, photograph on a postcard, circa 1950s, image copyright Mary Evans / Grenville Collins



Stephen Devereux writes poetry, plays, essays and short stories. He has had his work published in many magazines, journals and websites in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Australia and USA. He has won or been shortlisted in many competitions. He was born in rural Suffolk and worked on farms and in factories until going to UEA as a mature student. Since then he has taught in schools, colleges and universities in the North West. He lives in Liverpool.