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In pigtails, on the swings, I play at one end of the avenue; at the other my grey plaits are pinned tight to my skull. I sip my weak coffee, and do not touch my pastry. I watch the world go through the square. I watch you. You are always as you are, a man in late middle age, always there with me. We browse in the bookshops of my twenties, step outside under the broad leaf trees that line the avenue. You wait a moment, not counting time, to see which way I will turn. Matt Kirkham’s latest collection is The Dumbo Octopus (Templar, 2016). The poem featured here is from a sequence about the life and work of twentieth century mathematician Kurt Gödel and his wife Adele.