Poetry by Michelle

A Concrete Poem


In the hungry city
we make our poems
out of concrete
sharp-cornered stanzas
of unforgiving grit
with syllables
that sparkle in the sun
we walk on our poems
we shape them
into monuments
and worship them
we mark our dead
with tomb-shaped poems
make giant metal towers
and pour poetry into them –
with windows
so that we can look down
and see the rest of the poetry
in the hungry city
and the people
that have fallen on it
and the ones that sleep on poems
instead of beds.
— Michelle Barker, First published online in Carte Blanche, Issue 7 (www.carte-blanche.org)

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