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SLQ Daily, 09 September 2020

In SLQ Daily, 09 September 2020, the Read of the Day is ‘End of Mass’, commended in the  Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2020) judged by Terry Jones. It is one of the three poems by A.C. Clarke recognised in the competition. No stranger to Sentinel, Clarke won first prize in the SLQ competition in August 2018.

The  Blast from the Past is ‘A Lost Poem’ by Nicholas Cockayne first published in Sentinel Poetry (Online) magazine, September 2003.

Happy Reading.


A. C. CLARKE
End of Mass

The long thin priest raises his hand in
dismissive blessing. His vestments glitter

green and gold, that insect sheen
which dizzies me with thoughts of summer’s

unforgiveness. The memory of incense
weighs down the cloistered air.

Along the walls Christ burdened by his cross
enacts the suffering I’ve caused.

Confession boxes wait near candles
spiked through the gut. Bless me father

for I am damned. We file out like
a funeral cortege. Saints follow us

with sightless eyes. I step into the light
near-blinded, breathe the scent of rain.


‘End of Mass’ by A. C. Clarke was commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2020) judged by Terry Jones.


NICHOLAS COCKAYNE
A Lost Poem

Your kisses taste of suicide.
A sweet tang upon your lips, hides
The burning of the skies. Each
Drink takes you one step further.
Each mouthful a small wave,
Each sip a little goodbye.
I sit and watch you. This
Poem should be yours, but you no
Longer write.

Your kisses taste of suicide.
Each calming lungful of fire
Makes you glow.
Maul yourself on the inside, the
Secretive seas I know you hide.
I can watch your eyes and only see
Yourself reflected in mine.

Your kisses tasted of suicide.
In your hand I leave this page,
Torn but perfect. This is your poem,
The poem you would have written.
The song of your life you should have
Sung. A lost tale that wanted to be
Heard.
Clasped in your cold hand it is safe.
Your lost poem.


SLQ Daily 


Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition