Friday, 24 May 2013


On the surface the soft yashmak of surf
bubbles over the sheen of army green water
underneath which a shoal of multi-coloured
fish fill an aquarium of differences
where species pass each other with diffidence.

Sometimes a prey will be preyed on,
a sacrifice made in the name of some god.
Who knows why it is this way and not different?
Beware of the deep undercurrent.

© John Saunders

Woolwich murder: The suspected attackers

John Saunders’ first collection ‘After the Accident’ was published in 2010 by Lapwing Press, Belfast. John is one of three featured poets in  Measuring,  Dedalus New Writers published by Dedalus Press in May 2012. His second full collection Chance was published in April 2013 by New Binary Press.