All out Wor

Last week

my friends, Cassandra

me, a small voiced wonder

minding about the world

Today telephoned

said I'm going to tell you

about yesterday

I couldn't think anything

besides hard

The world said then

lowering her voice

let me in

and, she added, hurry

catch up with tomorrow

about years from now

trees will be more important

than people

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From Bullet Hole Riddle (Steele Roberts, 2014)

Previously published in Takahe #77 A deletion poem made using words found in Michael Harlow's All About the World from the 2010 National Poetry Day postcard series.

POEMS ON THE PAGE

A selection of poems from Miriam Barr's first major collection, Bullet Hole Riddle.