ditch,

the poetry that matters

Christine Murray

Christine Murray is a City and Guilds Stonecutter. Her chapbook, Three Red Things was published on June 4th 2013 by Smithereens Press, Dublin, Ireland. Her collection, Cycles was published by Lapwing Press (Belfast) in August 2013. A collection, The Blind is forthcoming end of September 2013.

 

hunger

 

outside the ragged bird tears

dead flies from window nets

 

      and it is not clothed right

      - it claws the glass

 

 

 

 

suspend I

 

from the mirror architrave

float down silken threads

they are not blackened yet

 

from the branches they reach down

laden with fruit

out on the limb

      birds beat them for dessicated meat

 

making sweetmeats for desperate bills

a man is clipping the edges with steel

season’s treachery

 

 

 

 

suspend I

 

from the mirror architrave

float down silken threads

they are not blackened yet

 

from the ceiling hooks

float down wisps of

red thread - almost

 

cobweb light she is

arched back unsure

whether to suspend

 

burnt orange silks

cover the shutters

there are children in the street

 

she is nonetheless

quite bound-up

in red ropes

 

from loop at nape

and length of torso

it is peaceful

 

being spider-rolled

webbed-in and arched

as if a

 

bird swoops down

behind the orange silks

 

                                      shiftshape-in

 

 

 

 

suspend I

 

                                      as if

she were an exotic fruit

a seed caught in breeze

 

from the mirror architrave

float down  silken threads

they are not blackened yet

 

cobweb light she is

arched back unsure

whether to suspend

 

in the red threads

that loop at her nape

down the length

of her torso

 

dividing and opening

her out achingly

if she moves the

threads will tighten

 

 

                      the harpies are perched in the suicide-trees

 

 

 

Series from The Blind, a forthcoming book by C. Murray

 

 

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                                                                                                             October 14, 2013