Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage

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At six a.m.

A bank of dark blue

Clouds lie bruised

And stacked

On the horizon

Like headless corpses

Come to rest

Against the skin

Of a new day:

Has the city of Kobane fallen?

The thick walls

Of the lighthouse keepers'

Cottage block out

The Internet.

The news is like

The morning moon

Invisible

But compelling.

Did the tide turn

In Kobane?

I open my window

To hear the sea

But the outside wall

Is a blanket

Of bluebottles.

They invade the room.

I close the window

And make it worse

Trapping flies

Between the sill and the frame.

A desperate sound

Shakes the glass

As flies cling

To the view:

A lighthouse eye

which rotates

And fractures the sky. …

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