Eileen in Senegal

‘Come on Eileen’

plays

on a stereo

in a town

where I have never

spoken or heard

any English.

In a nation

where I have not met anyone

of Anglophone origin

in nearly two weeks.

The strange is familiar

and the familiar strange

hearing Dexys Midnight Runners

sing

Tuh-Rah-Lu-Rah-Tuh-Rah-Luh-Why-Aye

in dulset Brummie tones.

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