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The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize

Kit Loney

Ballad: List


The thirty­seventh time you drowned me in the river

             Quiet singing of the leaves, how the sunlight flickers through

The second time you whittled out a banjo from my bones

             The echo of my voice in the cave of your heart

The time you died in battle, all my letters steeped in blood

             Fiddle walk flame, blackbirds ring the bell

When you hanged yourself because the oaks would not stop singing

             Mina Naomi my many names you know me

The time you crashed your motorcycle raging at the wall

             Five hard weeks of rain, weeping stars to wash the warning

Your promises and pretty mouth a hive of maddened bees

             The sweetness and the sting I still carry into war

The wooden bed I languish on, the blankets stitched with lies

             The little nest of bones and fur the mouse leaves when it dies

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