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Poems: These dog days ...

Books & Poetry

This week’s Poet’s Corner contributions about love and adversity are from Rory Harris.

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These dog days

hang in curtainless
hospital white

an absence of flowers

as you raise yourself
to a million dollar view

the breeze beating
cat paw soft against routine

a slow drip of chemotherapy


Your blood cells
are at war with themselves

confusing the order of living
how in the not so long ago

daughters clung to your limbs
& you wrapped them

a tendril of arms
heart against beating heart

healing and inhaling
their downy heads

Rory Harris has been a regular contributor to Poet’s Corner since its early Independent Weekly print days. His poetry collections include ‘Over the Outrow’, ‘From the Residence’, ‘Snapshots From a Moving Train’, ‘16 Poems’, ‘Uncle Jack & Other Poems’ and ‘Beach’, and he has had radio dramas translated into Solomon Islands Pijin for broadcast on National Radio Solomon Islands.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.
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