Longlisted Poem 2011

Sarah Lucas

Burgess Hill School for Girls, West Sussex


The locals caved in the tunnels once They
had gone and only excavated  them  later,
hauling the guns back up the cliffs
and pointing them futilely out to sea.
Not exactly ironic.  But there must be some label
for this strange reversal to make sense of it…
A joke Occupation because, you see,
the guns were never fired in anger.
I’d laugh: a monumental waste of time, but
graves make this hard for me to do.
At least the dank air conforms to my idea of pathetic fallacy.
…I want to write a book,
but need a simple, succinct phrase for the dust jacket
And cannot find one.
© Sarah Lucas

Project Details

  • Date January 29, 2015
  • Tags 2011 Simplicity - Longlisted Poems