One Hundred Years
An eye for a tooth … a hand for an eye …
a life for a hand … a people for a life …
(from a cartoon by Dave Brown, The Independent, 09.07.14)
New ghosts rise to join the millions who cloud
the otherworld. Some look as tough as calico,
some are muslin thin. Many are like dandelion down
blown on the smoke of burning cities, growing fainter
as they float on prayers and cries.
The moon that winked from rain-filled craters
and glinted off barbed wire
hangs over homes crumbled and heaped in the streets.
Same moon, same indifferent stare.
Gill Learner’s poetry has been widely published and won awards. Her first collection was The Agister’s Experiment (Two Rivers Press, 2011); a second, working title Chill Factor, has been accepted by the same publisher for 2016.