WITHDRAWALS

16

 

Good morning steadfastness

the mono-voice on the screen.

 

Sky’s smoke riddle, unsolvable.

Amber freeze unbreathing

 

in the photograph, bucolic in the

video clip. Dark strokes of cloud

 

approach. A Tornado blushes.

A jam stain bloodies your cuff.

 

Overnight, they made a pact

with your passport and though

 

you travelled nowhere, voted

nothing, they’ve signed you up—

 

airborne, implicit. In Tartous,

snooping through the derelict museum,

 

you signed the guestbook: War

on the Axis of Evil (2009).

 

A boy in a frayed Arsenal shirt

tugged at your sleeve saying Mister,

 

Mister, what are you doing here? 

Nobody comes here. 

 

 

James Byrne
Illustration Nick Victor

 

 

James’ new collection, Everything Broken Up Dances, is published in the United States by Tupelo:

https://www.tupelopress.org/books/broken_up_dances

 

White Coins, James Byrne’s poetry collection from Arc is available. Arc Publications – Books

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