THE PEOPLE'S DAILY
FIGHTING FUND
YOU'VE RAISED:
£8050
WE NEED:
£9950
9 Days Remaining
Emma Lee

Apr
2017
Thursday 27th
posted by Jody Porter in Arts

Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter


The Staircase of Knives
Emma Lee

The only thing that's regular
is that there are two on each stair,
one at either end. She has to thread
her way past these kitchen knives
stabbed into the white-painted treads
to get to bed. She has to tip-toe:
if disturbed they will invade
her dreams and sharpen her nerves.

They are not the most chilling
thing in the photo posted by police.
That honour goes to the bullet.
Against the stark white,
its tip points to a blank wall.
This is someone's home,
"a place where one lives,
especially as part of a family."

 

 

Note: this poem was inspired by this tweet by Insp Jack Rowlands of the Metropolitan Police: https://twitter.com/earlyyearscop/status/844253044938280963 

Emma Lee’s most recent publication is Ghosts in the Desert (Indigo Dreams, 2015). She co-edited Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge (Five Leaves, 2015) and Welcome to Leicester (Dahlia Publishing, 2016). She blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com and reviews for The High Window Journal, The Journal and London Grip.

Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter (wveditor@gmail.com)
Keep up-to-date with newly published poems and other news via our Facebook page.




Related Articles
















Advertisement