Thursday, 2 September 2010

Watching the News by Geraldine Paine

Watching the News

But we didn't have snow,
I can't remember that.
Nor tank-tracks, frozen grey,
smeared with blood;
the swaddled women,
carrying buckets
backwards and forwards,
the soldiers firing
at windows

I remember running -
a sudden silence
broken. And a crater
between houses in a garden,
after the All-Clear,
I remember that.
And later, at school,
the two empty desks.

Geraldine Paine

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