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The stigmata of carnage
is blood borne, shed
into folders zip-locked &
labelled in darth-shaped markers:
“pending engagement”
a hastily murmered prayer
“there but for grace go I”.

The stigmata thrives
in the interstices
of Pandora’s Box
until the lid’s blown
the fuck wild off
and the sky rains
blood red soaking
our files in raw –
some recognition of
the collective fear.


Photo credit to Kamil Vojnar, whose work inspired the words.

Kamil Vojnar - Red Rain

 This is the week the death-planes seared through the stars

onto the plains of Israel, Gaza and the Ukraine.