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A funny but poignant story conceals – and reveals – much about its narrator
hangs where the plaster crackedand the ribs of the house show.He’s the only stranger I can afford,a middle-aged man in a plaid shirtsmiling for an artist. Nothing to me,but still I hang him in the hallwayand call him Dad. Of course, visitorshave doubts. I know they knowhis hair’s too light, the eyes too blue.I win them over by recallingour fishing holidays, how dadslit the belly of a rainbow trout, and outslipped a diamond ring for me.A perfect fit. Dad was handy.He met my mother when she brokedown outside the Camden Palace,and changed her tyre without a jack.He made us a sherbet playhouse,we licked its walls to nothingness.He taught my brother harpsichord.Now he’s international. You mayhave heard him on the radio.That’s a self-portrait. He never livedto paint us all. ‘What a terrible loss,’visitors sigh. I lead them intoa living room, and whisper, ‘Yes.’
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