Monthly Archives: January 2015

LAST

PRISONER4 Winter is mathematics. Fingers tell days without food, days when there’s two inch ice on puddles, when they do the roll-call twice, Shoot those who faint. You count those dead as well. Work out the distance of those saviour … Continue reading

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Again

PRISONER3 Burnt stubble’s smoke was different. And dead leaves. No putrid residue upon your skin No ash snow that you mourn as if your kin Bonfires of autumn. For which no one grieves The year was dying. He had seen … Continue reading

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Another

PRISONER2 Cold killed but summer’s heat was not her friend. Flies bit her naked scalp. She itched. The sweat dried. Salt sting. She would scratch it. But not yet Rehearsed her old routines through to the end But silently. She … Continue reading

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27th January

PRISONER Worst of it was the seasons. In the spring trampled bare frozen earth would turn to mud that smelled of dysentry and looked like blood. Beyond the wire sometimes a bird would sing, a lark perhaps and it would … Continue reading

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Kill the father

TOMB TSE Cursing, I wish I could be done with you, vomit your hairball words our common tongue intoxicating us when we are young the gift that’s poison, is our curing too Even this harshness, your asperity. You are so … Continue reading

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A break from tales and back to morbid

VESTIGES Sometimes in memory, and sometimes in dream. Moments that signify but do not mean have weight. Sometimes things I have never seen that I remember. Ceiling with a beam dark in the twilight six foot overhead. Someone is breathing … Continue reading

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This is turning into a sequence

FAIREST She was not its first owner. Once a shield, it bore the scuffs and scars of ten campaigns; a traitor’s mace beat out its bearer’s brains. The conqueror stood laughing on the field. Its master was not there for … Continue reading

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