Two Lives And Half A Dozen Deaths by Matthew J. Hall

we wore failure like battle scar
nightmares on coat sleeves
friction as a way of things

we bloodied our hands on broken glass
took issue with the night
shook little fists at the moon and the stars

we were a bolt of light
in a barrel of water
and a sudden rush of blood

we were a fast dance in a dirty room
a seven hour conversation
we were poor
we were broken

we played at addiction
we played at mental illness
we were infantile in our intention

we made the whole thing up
but then the rules changed
and the concrete on our skin set
and the anger turned in
and we weren’t so clever after all

six deaths
in six consecutive days
and nobody but ourselves
to blame

Matthew J. Hall
Matthew J. Hall is a UK writer based in Bristol. His poetry chapbook, Pigeons and Peace Doves, is available through Blood Pudding Press. The Human Condition is a Terminal Illness, a full poetry collection, was recently published by Bareback Press. He reviews small press books at

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