Counting Game

from by Joel Cathcart



this tree coined the sundial
while counting magpies in his hair
evening fell upon them
cloaked the rhyming hours that loiter there

to recall, splice the sun's touch on the concrete
thread the light and sew a seed that's worth believing
'ere it splits in hand

this tree stood the soldier
while pulling magpies from his teeth
on the edge of execution
still spread rumours through the leaves

to decide, spread your wings around the thermal
lost above, see the hunger plain before you
secrets never told

this tree and the last tree
playing dead beside the road
three a girl or five for silver
wistful thieves rake through the load

to partake, draw the blood from every pebble
close your book and race the sun around the concrete
a thousand magpies scream an early warning


from Flotsam, released February 27, 2017



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Joel Cathcart Genoa, Italy

Joel is a composer, songwriter and visual artist, originally from Belfast, currently living in Genoa.

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