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remounted, withdrawn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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