by Stephen C. Middleton
The door has warped in the frost. There are 300 dead in the Mediterranean, after an overloaded boat sank. The Mare Nostrum (programme) is no more. Sore & shaky – thoracic & cervical spine. A blame game here / a climate – it’s a banker (as it were). The dumbbells must be held, thus. And, outside; winter’s petrified leaves. A stain / a palimpsest. Chill breezes. The skeleton exposed (Or; Skeletal – exposed). What remains (out of Perec – not Larkin). A darker weave. The silhouettes of Hiroshima.