four poems from john & mary by reuben woolley

1.

drilling holes in aspic

he’s keeping
all the stuttered cells
………………together

not a rainfall
shucked off & splattered

……………….old puddles

………………………………..& mud

pies………….a circle game

when mary
holds his hand
.………………….brave
he will be

tie knots
in all the strings

……………….memory
how these things
should be

building
bricks
……….like
wasps’ nests

..

2.

waiting on customary silences

she came
with all her stories
…………………the many of them
softly
between
stops

……………….. the long black holes of them

how john
was there……………always
with an ear & a drunk
he said she said……….to find
fortune
daily
……….a little
one by another

sad john
said mary

..

3.

notes for a dead symphony

i’ve got to come……..dancing
my words
……………..john said
some old soft shoe
some tango in time

……………..mary’s just
there
waiting
……………..to swing together
out
through halls of black
roses

……..i’m not made
for a sensual life
……..bend
a blues.i’ll shuffle a step

..

4.

red threads are no currency

she weaves a flame

…………..not
time
for quiet
reminiscence
…………………the sharing
of silence

john through smoke
with………..sliced
……………..story
& definite scars
he did not tell

…………………a hard glass
he wants
& fire

she does not
lie
easy
……………he says
mary is a tale
for other nights
& now she burns alone

..

Reuben Woolley has been published in various print and online magazines including Tears in the Fence, The Lighthouse Literary Journal, The Interpreter’s House (forthcoming) and Ink Sweat and Tears, among others. His collection, the king is dead was published in 2014 and a chapbook, dying notes, in 2015. Runner-up: Overton Poetry Pamphlet competition and the Erbacce Prize in 2015. Editor: I am not a silent poet and The Curly Mind.

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