The Last Days of Welei by Gareth Writer-Davies

The Last Days of Welei*

mars and saturn can be seen
right now
next to the plough
but I can’t be bothered to get out of bed

the fleas in the straw
are playing

for over a year
the cock hasn’t crowed
the priest
is on a trip to Rome

our landlords
the soldiers of the cross
do not forget their tithe
any moment
they expect Saladin and his hordes
to come over the hill

this village
is like a depression
made by a giant’s arse
the houses snivel
and do not fight back

I have saved a penny or two
and buried them in a pot
to what purpose
I could not say
but I know
that these are the last days
and my meaning
is a matter
only for educated men

(*abandoned village above Hitchin)


Gareth Writer-Davies was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Erbacce Prize in 2014, Highly Commended, Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize in 2012 and 2013. He is having his pamphlet “Bodies” published by Indigo Dreams in 2015.

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