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Broadmarsh. John Callaway [2017]

Under unending interrogation by wind
Tortured by huge scaldings of light
Tried to confess all but could not
Bleed a word

Stripped to its root letter, cruciform
Contorted
Tried to tell all

Through crooking of elbows
Twitching of finger-ends.

Finally
Resigned
To be dumb.

Lets what happens to it happen.

Ted Hughes. ‘A Tree’, from ‘Remains of Elmet’ (1979)

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