Category: 2017

Shared custody

Mary Cresswell   You are resident. I am distant. This time I stand outside the door   and it’s for you to make your mind up, to say the truly final word.   I wonder what would happen if I poured myself a glass of water,   used the bathroom without asking. Do you think …

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Commemoration

Mary Cresswell   Put a new shine on the medals publish the verses again dulce et decorum est as long as the good guys win   Honour with crocodile tears the opposing ranks of men ‘they’re only blokes like us’ then pick up your rifle again   Tie up the conchies to fence posts wrench …

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Blood moon

  Rosemary Anderson   Look at the moon, it’s red – its normal colour is white, he said on the phone that night. Didn’t you know? Say the word eclipse and I’ll show you a blood moon over the water.   Does Endymion dream of his hot-flushed red queen? A heart in a body of …

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The shepherd’s wife

Rosemary Anderson   I do not like the way you look at the moon. It reminds me of how late one night you compared my skin to hers. Intended as a compliment I’m sure, but as your gaze shifted between us I could see your eyes discerning and knew that I came up as the …

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