Saturday, 2 February 2019

Cutting it

An idea occurred to her; she pictured it,
her very own slice of photographic harm.

She saw the best shots sent worldwide,
instant recognition if she could cut it.

A community to support her, egg her on;
she followed, liked their viral provocation.

When his daughter died he pictured it;
grieving father trying to piece together

the open wound fragments of her life,
deadly images on edge of digital knife.

© Pat Edwards

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Pat is a writer, teacher and performer living in Mid Wales. Her work has appeared in various publications including Prole, Picaroon, The Curlew, Ink Sweat and Tears and the #MeToo Anthology. Pat runs Verbatim poetry open mic nights and curates Welshpool Poetry Festival.