New Year


('Combat Stress Reaction': Cpl. Edgar Street, Piano French Polisher, 1883 – 1952.

Passchendaele, 1917)


Another one peeled open, flashing

then flickering down to monochrome.

Every first day he comes, silently returns

to his shadowed chair, doesn't speak,

doesn't move, only sits and looks

as the raised glasses go on round him.

A passive bewilderment. Finally

grey light fades him,  the eyes last.


(from Cello, Rockingham Press, 2013)

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