Former Head of Security


The Major did not chat

but with a kiss on the cheek

marked each daily encounter.


Surely, we wondered if his temper made us safer:

motorcycles, rural landing strips,



Charged as guard of a Colombian Vice-President,

a needless Doberman

where a Labrador could have barked.


The Major spoke

into his speech, closed

with the word Presidency,


then went to the cheese table for some cheese.


I sat next to him and was glad

that our first daily encounter

had already been had.


Written 2010




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