GDP

I see tinned value tomatoes

and back issues of the Big Issue

at the altar crossroads of hope

and limitless opportunity

 

I’m feeling cauterant

as our earned wealth

is dissipated

by Government policy

 

modern day slavery

up to the minute piracy

 

as the last wolf abdicates at

the funeral for funerals

 

and words such as “only”

“free” and “just”

are forbidden to be featured

in advertising

 

especially in a land

that’s now fit for billionaires

and their medieval version of justice

They Came Home

Unsuspected cemetery

its thousand year sand graves

sifted away by storm

revelation

 

they had lived clasped

by the shore

and by the sea

vigorous and self-assured

that margin

 

on their oceanic trade routes

of exchanged objects

and the latest news from

beyond the dolphin-drawn horizons

 

of kings and their retinues

the gossip of far-flung tribes

precious stones and

famous sunsets

 

the bones of the infants

unusually survived

loved in the cuddle

of the cist

laid down with seared hearts

 

they said their toes pointed inwards

bunched that way

by the embrace of

disappeared shrouds