unwilling accomplices

January 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

I wonder how the stones felt
when they were chosen
to take the place of
reviews for Roger
in Virginia’s pockets
were they picked for
their ancient beauty,
or just for heft and fit?
was there even a mention
of the Ouse?
after their role as the final
notes in a modernist blues
were they disbanded
by official decree?
taking on new roles after
being hoodwinked into
criminal partnership
one, maybe, putting in time
as a paperweight on
a nearly retired constable’s desk
a couple, perhaps, as bookends
in a vicars library
or were they kept together?
left to converse about the ages,
in the dark of an evidence box
on a shelf in a Sussex basement
patiently waiting
for time to erase their record

(c) 2014 Fred Whitehead


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