A Sleepless Night
Published: Saturday, 23 April 2016 15:38
I composed this poem one night when I couldn't sleep. It was also partly inspired by hearing about an ancient method of hunting where two or three hunters with only basic weapons would run for days, pursuing an animal until it was exhausted and then kill it. In the poem, I compare the process of trying really hard to get to sleep to this kind of hunting.
Through the wilderness of night, I hunt sleep
Spear in hand, I try to run her down.
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Season: Summer. Scene: A Slavic War.
Published: Friday, 17 October 2014 19:51
I wrote this poem in the early 1990s after travelling round the former Soviet Union with my friend Georgina Wroe. We stopped off in the breakaway region of Trans Dnestr which was at war with the neighbouring country of Moldova. It was a Leninist enclave which was fighting to remain part of Russia.
Read more: Season: Summer. Scene: A Slavic War.