A Common’s Affair – Alexander Bickley

his words to evoke back the horrors of war

Thank you to Alexander Bickley for his kind contribution to the blog and competition. Alexander is from the North Yorkshire Dales and cites poets such as Edward Thomas and Ted Hughes as influences. He is a keen poet and has been previously published by ‘Young Writers’.

A Common’s Affair

If I were to hold beauty in the palm

of my hand – as a pebble lodged between

my forefinger and thumb, then dropped at arms

length. It would fall, black as coal on the line

at Adlestrop Station; it would half stain

the wet grass of the country, rubbing off

onto my fingers like mud in the rain.

The rain that fell on Edward sailing off

to France in that uniform Helen spoke

of – her lover, her poet, now Khaki

as a soldier, with his words to evoke

back the horrors of war. The shade of a tree

by the flower beds. An imitation

of the ‘Common, and beds of the station.

Alexander Bickley, aged 18, North Yorkshire Dales

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