Saturday, 4 May 2013


Words fade, only the
of dirt
taunting my tongue
violating my thoughts.
Can I speak of such horrors?

Afternoon becomes dusk
and the Common
Myna calls your name.
You play, safe
in the shadows
of your family home.

And would they assist?
Would they add their
voice to the search for a
child of the
working class?

Yet you survived.
Battered, bruised,
Cries echoing their
Life shattered, hope destroyed, childhood

from tiny fingers.
Now will they listen?

© Carolyn Cornthwaite

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Carolyn writes poetry, flash fiction, short stories and has almost completed the first draft of a novel. She dreams of Booker prizes and a life in France and blogs at