Avery Mathers: Three Imagist Poems

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Magpie

Burnished blue flash

        and cackle of magpie: ratchet

        on a creaky dock-yard crane

Berry black glint

        and sudden stillness:

        Watching

        
        

Bloodless

A woman’s hand on a butcher’s slab

that has no fingers

She strokes it gently

Feeling the grain

        
        
Sun in the Morning

A boy in a blue-sky balaclava

Runs carefree past a low curved wall

Leaning in

Feeling the sure grip underfoot

Fearless

His breath a cloud he leaves behind

Careless of his passing

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