Issue 26: Jeremy Gibson

last and first in line

the day my dad burnt down

a whole queue from st pauls to

the commercial road walked

backwards and in reverence.

story-book ducks and men

in cardboard coats stepped out

struggling to remember his name

or to see what was coming  

to us at every flame in the day

/and this is your actual divide, the whole

and the past, the poem and the past/

I stopped time and time again

in the steam of a smithfield bull

and glared as there came my son

with my ashes on his hands.

la mer

with no more words than necessary

she’d live with nothing, or less if she could,

on the kind of whispering street you

see with the corner of your eye

and so down stairs stuffed with leaves and drought

one step ahead of what was owed, feared or borrowed

she would slow burn along with rare nimble

repetition, jump skipping across the water to meet

the sun. there wishes willfully belonged to the lazy

and the timid, an idle swell to forget the rest, until

her tomorrows  ebbed in the blink of her now one good eye

which like the day absorbed all the withered light of evening

welcome back

So all that time I was knocking on an open door covered in all sorts of dull

tiny scratches We shrink away as we enter our then We fail Just like how

we grew clever and measure or maybe slip into forgetting

like that

16 time of hers

A sudden leap without looking but holding onto the names of flowers,

devils and narrow side streets And she still runs on into a strong old

wind into few into less into not

Jeremy Gibson is a language teacher and is now further exploring poetry. He has been published by Blackbox Manifold, Hi Vis Magazine and twice by Dreich. He was born and raised in South-East London.

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