We teased bees to sting peaches Collecting stingers in a jam jar. By winter, string of needle suicide Festered a glassed bloodsmell, Entombed beside tins of peaches. We are never far from the hiraeth hive.
In the Land of Her Many Fathers Siobhan begged her Nain to Teach her how to smile. ‘We smile from here,’ she replied - Pointing at her nicotine stained heart. Their Bible, always open, smelt of Tobacco and bacon grease.
Shade stung, old man in Panama hat Brimmed his non-returning...
BANG! His drunken form swallowed the bedroom. She slunk deep into nest of pillows and duvet. Nightly ritual began. She recoiled at each approaching footstep. He stealthily reached for the gun. He enjoyed her screams and pleas as he pulled trigger. Volley of blanks broke the silence.
BANG! Nerves frayed, she ate another Valium breakfast. In a cloudy haze she decided. She would swap the blanks for real bullets.
BANG! Sat at the bar, complaining vehemently that the beer was too warm, his mind cranked through devious levers. ‘Oh yes,’ he roared deep inside. ‘Tonight I will...
Spaces between rain drops are the blood Trenched in veins between body & Holy Ghost. Somewhere inside, Compass spins heavy o’er the heart.
Navigate imagination by stars, scars, Suburban semaphore & the comfort of strangers: Fountains bursting up towards Heaven Falling as fragments of Dead Sea scroll. The brain is conversation In the ruins of elegiac language.
Sinking silence of the gnawed night Visions afar, broken teeth of river mouth Taste the thirst of dying mother-tongue. Echoes of anfarwoli* drown the...
Becoming more like a metaphor Whore, failure of my expression In granite valentine scripts Of how Dad wrote to Mum.
Broken breath enters a stanza As snapped bone breaks a ballet. Singing a washed-up shanty To summon rusticles from wreck, but The harbour waters run still.
Sometimes the night wakes in the pillow Fear that any movement should silently stop. Fright’mares cut never ending network of cables. Skin light dreams into being that is real …………and nothing but the truth.