Marble Warrior

By Tamsin Smith

as in all things

pulling against

.

or leaning to

desire is severed

.

like a limb or a head

the pit of the statue

.

remounted, withdrawn

regardless anew

.

metamorphism being

rock’s birth-born luster

.

interlock of impure

pressure polished to vein

.

and waxy scar

sobs sculpted without face

.

calm-polished neatly lush

compared to us

.

restless with cigarette

packets covered in verse

.

modern tar-coated couplets

crumpled and corked into bottles

.

to cross a white sea

.art glass toys

.

rolling frail ransom

to the breach

 

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