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Ross Wilson

Nov
2017
Thursday 9th
posted by Jody Porter in Arts

Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter


Sweet Promise
Ross Wilson

The soldiers appear happy
in the poster on the bus shelter
I glance at on my way home.
A phrase ‘This is belonging,’
drifts like a plume of smoke from a gun
above the lads’ jolly camaraderie.

I remember something a friend once told me –
a woman, burdened by shopping,
was walking towards him
and the Asda he was leaving.
She’d been to a foodbank,
she explained as he offered a hand.

Her man had belonged
to a unit operating in Iraq.
His benefits had been cut.

I think of that as I pass the shelter.
It sits across the road from a high school
like a trap baited with a slogan
luring the young, as if
this box to keep out the rain
is a haven, whispering
the sweet promise of belonging.



Ross Wilson’s poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Edinburgh Review, Poetry Salzburg Review and The Honest Ulsterman. His pamphlet, The Heavy Bag, was published by Calder Wood Press in 2011 and my his full collection will be published by Smokestack Books next year.

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