Silent Passage

Silent Passage short poem

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we’d been cooped up by rain
at the end of September

family and cats. gradually
contempt bred until

sun and heat returned in respite,
grass warming to please

all species of toes. cats
charged around unruly

flower beds, flossing fangs
on overgrown grasses

my son played soldier stooped
at the verge to retrieve

a lost platoon and came up
shouting and gripped my wife

fingertip bruises on her thigh
unable to articulate his fright

and when I lay flat cautious
seeking a dying fall wasp

or some spike or shrapnel
escaped from the nearby street

I found, where the snapdragon
blossoms had been multicoloured

poetry, instead a shady necropolis
of papery alien skulls burst

around mouth and eye sockets
screaming the end of summer

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a poet from Seattle Washington USA. His poetry has appeared in print in publications such as Bellowing Ark, Point Nopoint, and most recently in Contraposition magazine. When not writing poetry he is a Human Resources professional, a repentant glutton, and a novelist specializing in the weird-fiction genre.
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