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Two Poems | roseanne watt
 

Haafman

 

Him, the keeper of language, holds

up the blue harp of a porpoise jaw

for the wind to pluck at.

 

In the light of the lomm,

the mackerelled marble of his eye

                                              glinks


                                    *

 

Speaking Shaetlan

 

Here’s the trick:

pretend your mouth is full

            of stones.

 

Feel the dead weight

                    pressing

                    on your tongue,

 

the way this opens

            your throat, turning your mouth

 

into a cave,

            a wide darkness.

 

Then (and this is crucial)

                            let them

                           drop

 

still spit-warm from your lips

and watch

 

how they could shatter

on impact

 

            anything

            which they struck,

            how they could break

 

            like bone,

                       or bread.

 

 

The Winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for 2018 is roseanne watt