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Ingrebourne 47553

Updated: Jan 22

Ingrebourne four, seven, double-five, three

Attached to the wall, in the hall

of our old council house -

Number 6 Keighley Road,

Harold Hill, Romford, Essex

and nowhere near Yorkshire.

Ingrebourne four, seven, double-five, three

a code to childhood memories of

coal buckets, blankets and real cotton hankies,

shared baths on a Sunday night,

then wrapped in a towel for Hawaii Five O

with Detective Steve McGarrett, Danny, Chin Ho

and a dream of sunny beaches.

All while huddled in front of a lack lustre fire

Ingrebourne four, seven, double-five, three,

Etched onto my brain along with other numbers -

school lockers, door codes, the pin

to a bank account closed in the crash.

No longer repeated or needed. Deleted.

Except in my memory.

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