The penal colony was built to kill
by slow degrees, yet both of them survived
mines, floggings, hot box. It left them deprived
of all they’d been – beauty and charm – yet still

they loved each other as they always had
whispered endearments as they killed a guard.
They cut his throat in public in the yard
started the rising. There was something mad

about their confidence, but it inspired
convicts and locals. And the Empire’s men
fled from the fury of the mob. Just ten
short weeks of fighting all that was required

to free a nation. They were found in bed
by their supporters, who then shot them dead

About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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3 Responses to

  1. ffutures says:

    Real event? Very powerful verse anyway.

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