The Mundane, Sublime and Fantastical: 165 New Poems (76-80)

2014-08-02 20.25.13

Views from the bus from Gulu to Kampala

76.

Tree stumps in a clearing

Still

Like children right before the lunch bell

Waiting

2014-08-02 20.54.12

77.

A wooden coffin, a backdrop of unending forest

Soon, the coffin whispers

Soon

the trees nod in response

2014-08-03 11.18.32

78.

Three children by the wayside waving at the bus

The bus roars past

I’ll be back, the bus wants to say

Kids only hear: back!

2014-08-04 16.58.39

79.

A man’s gaze is fixed on the lower branches of a mighty tree

Not now, the tree states quite clear

And not tomorrow either

He can’t hear

2014-08-04 15.47.32

80.

Words filter through

Letting in only nightmarish narratives

& other terrible things

Spider webs ever growing crowd my throat

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