52 Poems for 2013, 11/52: Journal

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.

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Filed in Stories on March 11, 2013