the last poems of the west will be cast in gold
the size of a golf ball; letters stamped in Times
New Roman and stuffed in a dead girl's mouth.
She might be the dean's daughter; he will hold
vigil once a week, whisper to her shallow mound
news of global poverty, a soullessness growing,
the book of Psalms. Centuries pass, wealth fades,
knowledge dominates trade. The archaeologist who
dusts her teeth will catch the yellow glint beneath and read to life her soul, and give to life what's free.
Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright and performer. He has seven published books of poetry and plays including Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales and his first play The 14th Tale was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival, before a sold-out run at The National Theatre in London. His third theatre piece Black T-Shirt Collection also completed a sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2012. His poems have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies and his second pamphlet is called Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars.