In the latest offering from his 52 Poems for 2013 sequence, Douglas Thompson offers his poem ‘Poetry’:
crumbling world what have I to offer
you who ask for small change
fuel for addictions of the gutter?
this meagre body honed like a knife
a loaded gun or primed needle
put me in your arms and I will heal you
this string of tarnished words
like the pearls of a cheap necklace
will adorn but never choke you
these vacant hopes and remnants
second hand and easy to wear
might stem the chill of Winter
step into this dark and aimless gaze
these eyes like rivers glimpsed at night
can carry you to morning.