Many thankyous to Jamie Dedes and her The Poet By Day for featuring these poems that Reuben kindly accepted for his marvellous “I Am Not A Solent Poet” site.
c estate of Reuben Woolley
“I wish to honour Reuben by thanking him for all the poems he accepted that I submitted to I am not a silent poet.” Paul Brookes
Note: Due to a technical challenge all of Paul’s poems were left out of the original homage to Reuben Woolley. Hence, they are shared here. / J.D.
always at war.
Every bulletin lists casualties,
devastated buildings, grief.
Bloodied, scarred, lost, missing,
found dead. What about the lost dead?
Forever wanting you to discover,
uncover their brief candle burn.
in a fake peace between world wars,
shop and shop to stay reasonable.
Families are killed elsewhere.
We see their relatives tears on plasma screens.
Sometimes tears drop closer to home,
and we are reminded of our fake comfort,
that is preferable, a faux fur covered blade
sometimes bleeds and we are keen.
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