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Calon

heart 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inspired by Owen Sheers’ book Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby
 
 

strange muscle
this carmine closed fist
vital percussionist
 

hollow metronome
caged in bleached-bone
xylophone
 

strong, pear-like pump
contracts
and yet succumbs
 

to the quick tear
the soft bruise
the bladed scrape
 

patched and pinned
slip-stitched
to an aching chest
 

untimely unrest
of arrhythmic pulse
steadying once more
 

to beat
++++beat
+++++++beat
 
 

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Lull

Lull
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It is here
in these quiet moments
that we find it;
 

when we have nailed
hurricanes to the floor
and collected monsoons
in thimbles,
 

as we lay,
chests heaving,
in the debris-strewn dust,
 

waiting
for a subtle shift,
a tender tremor
that will lift us to our feet
 

and have us leaning
into the wind, learning
to trust the breeze
once more.
 
 

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nine lines of loveliness after a week of rain


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paddling swiftly now beyond
deluged days and swollen nights,
 

ebony umbrellas languish
in hushed oaken hallways,
yesterday’s dolor
puddling monochrome.
 

In the prism-drenched
meadows of tomorrow
parasols and petticoats twirl.
 
 

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the secret life of trees


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

nascent honeysuckling babe
catkin velveteen murmured ripple
rosehip nipple
 

naive milk-bathed melody
harmonic lilt of newborn crush
 

crushed
 

broken, rooted, steeped in scraith
charred, scraw-clawed ascent
scraping cobalt canopy
 

corkscrew willowed silhouette
seeking beams and
warmdrench summer rain
 
 

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