Fiona Sinclair is the editor of the on line poetry magazine From the Edge. Her seventh collection Time Traveller's Picnic was published by Dempsey and Windle Press March 2019.
Turning my back on the hotel's five-star comforts,
I appropriate for the duration, a river facing sun bed,
where holiday reading must compete with the west bank,
that is an infinite frieze of crops, minarets, palms trees...
painted in a Dulux colour chart of greens.
And just yards away, the scudding Nile, with bruiser cruise ships
muscling their way up and down stream; crocodile shaped flotsam
that teases, despite the signature reptiles being safely sectioned
beyond the Aswan Dam.
Everywhere, the Z framed ibis, like a hieroglyph come to life,
and the soundtrack, a cacophony of adhams, with Ian Paisley rasp.
So, I am not here to cougar catch some Egyptian boy
for a week of no strings sex, in exchange for a camera.
or become ensnared with a waiter beautiful as Mo Salah
who would press his suit, in exchange for a British passport.