Author: Paul House

Poetry: At the Edge of the Ebro

 

 

No movement but the slow seepage of river.

No sound but it is reflected by the wind.

The tall poplars cannot deliver the season,

rolled flat beneath the sun like dirty canvas.

 

From beneath a wreckage of rusty cans and weed

a lump of drowned dog bubbles to the surface.

Immense and empty, its dull and foggy eyes

are a door opened upon decay and death.

 

A drunk staggers, violently empties himself

and blunders on. Downstream, women washing

heave a song into the air, sharp as barbed wire,

and the sky bellies above them, thick with frost.

 

On the other bank, muffled sentences and smoke.

Four men sit folded in upon themselves,

roasting whole fish over an open fire.

Their voices piece together like a jig-saw.

 

Chased by children, arms full of sticks and bows,

a donkey wanders amongst a mess of rubble.

Bewildered and uncertain, its breath condenses

and scurries across the grass like a drift of snow.





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