Farewell to Basra

By 18th June 2009December 9th, 2019No Comments

Under starlight
oil and blood
glint the same;
from pulse or pump
a viscous unction,
dark coagulation;
stains soaking
through clotted crust
to anoint the ground:
oil to sand
blood to dust
ashes blown on pitch-black stone.

John Hawkhead

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