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Verge 2013: Becoming

NORTH

Ella Perlow

He never apologises for unspoken words

that carve a face distinct with folds

fixed within the residue of plans,

warning, the end breathes

and bounces, alive with harsh light,

dancing feet tap, waiting on echoes

to fill the vacant eyes;

and gathered in night’s fist

a seat made of mist

a place of waiting and wishing and wilting;

he closes his eyes and remembers:

once a great ship sailed North

through unscarred skies.

Feigning the frozen fingertips of passion –

desire remains Man’s principal escape from life.

Verge 2013: Becoming

   by Peter Dawncy and Camille Eckhaus