The swing of his cold malice strikes to the heart,
leaves in the fevered mouth
a taste of wormwood.
He’s not particular.
Swipes at a prince.
Swipes at a pauper.
Loves them to cry capivi,
doesn’t fret when he misses his target:
now he’s here
*name given to a medieval spiked mace remarkable similar in appearance to the coronavirus
A C Clarke lives in Glasgow. Herfifth collection is A Troubling Woman. Shewas a winner in the Cinnamon 2017 pamphlet competition with War Baby. Drochaid, with Maggie Rabatski and Sheila Templeton, was published by Tapsalteerie last year.She is working on poems about Gala Éluard/Dalí and her circle.