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3 Poems by Gillian Prew

Very pleased to have three poems at ‘The Blue Hour Magazine’.

The Blue Hour

Slaughterhouse Morning

Beyond          murmur burning –
the marching wound, old meat          and bare bud. Another sun
hints at butcher’s blood     in running flesh.     Ruined
birds wake from a coiled dream, wings          empty from being born,
their loss mostly planted in the rough land.    A grief
heaved to a hung lamb,          a swung cow,          a river of pigs.

Witness

I brought light, I looked,
Everywhere blood reigned.
And I cried, I wept with my whole body.

– Yves Bonnefoy

Heavier than the hour –
the rowan berries lie like rubies sucked and spat.
The broom on the hill relives the light – it blooms
its fires to blisters. From air, sea-wet and witness –
the gull. She peers in necks popped wide flustered mouths.
The gape a dead-eyed howl such innocent names. A banner
of blood, of body, our plucked beds tidy. Our crime –
grieve like ripped-up rain,          like fists.

Moment Reflected in Bonnard

Drool-capped crocus. My…

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