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15 Feb19

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poetry favourites:
Moor Poets
Oversteps Books
Poetry Teignmouth

and in the shop…
collections –
“Colouring Outside the Lines”
and
“How to be Naked”
Oversteps Books;
 
CD –
“Something about a Woman”
 
“Moor Poets”
anthologies
 

 

 

 

My Country has no Borders

no fosse   ditch    moat
no barbed wire     chain-link    blockwork
no palisade    fence   wall
 
 
my country has no border post
 
no checkpoint      no immigration control
no detention centres      no forced repatriation
no redactive facilities       no enhanced interrogation
 
 
my country has no single alphabet
 
many dialects    scripts     vocabularies
words in a conversation dating back
to the first mouthings of song
 
 
my country has no one true way
 
no creed    no set of commandments
but one     hidden under all
too bright to own
 
you know the one     your neighbour
your enemy     your murderer    your torturer
as yourself
 
much easier
to build a wall
 

Jennie Osborne

published in Out of the Blue, 1, Arts Quarter Books, 2018