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Alexander Shaw (Commended)

Kings Priory School

How to Prepare for Bad News

First, ochre your fingertips, and quaff helium.
For levity.  Puff out any surplus gas to flame;

scrape off residue with a two inch blade,
as if scratching the seeds from a lotus

with antler-bone.  Tighten the strings
around the hollow belly of a Steinway,

ribbed ivory clinking to Winterreise.
Muffle the extractor fan and husk

into your receiver: Sing to me of prikaza,
. Got all that?  Now I tell you.

© Alexander Shaw, 2014

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  • Date February 3, 2015
  • Tags 2014 News - Winning Poems