Thursday, 24 November 2016

For Common Things

(The Age of Miracles project just funded, with six days to go! That doesn't mean you can't get in and get a copy. There's still six days to get yours. In the meantime, have a poem.)

I find this talk of monarchy inadequate offensive even
But I can see the skin and bone and blood a spark
These things these common things one life

(The problem with her she said is when it's not
About her she don't wanna listen and I tried not to laugh)


I'd like to think you stood beside identified in
This battered flesh this ruined
History this skin and bone and blood this spark
These things these common things one life

There had to be a moment when you did not know
When you were defeated beaten
Lost to skin and bone and blood the spark
These things the common things one life

(You can never comprehend, he said, just what
I suffer now and you can't help me don't help me

And I thought oh grief it makes us selfish)

No cheating now not yet one choice
Free no answer enslaving foresight suspended
Victory in doubt wholly one of us in
These things these common things one life

You are here, stood beside, identified in
This celebration, this community, diversity,
History, this skin and bone and blood, this spark
These voices joined in common joined in
These things these common things. One life.

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