Monday, 15 December 2014

Lighten our darkness

There are ways of shedding light
in dingy corners. Music can help.
The louder the better. The white,
white noise. When you lose count
of hours, something dawns.

There are ways of shedding light 
with water. When the head
goes under, spluttering 
sparks flashes of illumination.
Watch their eyes.

There are ways of shedding light
without a drop of blood.
The stress position, breaking 
of the feet, the revved up drill.
We only seek the truth. The light.

©Julian Dobson

Julian Dobson lives in Sheffield and is currently blogging at and

This poem was prompted by revelations of the CIA's 'enhanced interrogation techniques':