Bloody men are like bloody buses –
a thousand windows and a thousand doors.
Nobody notices the healing process.
Your beauty is a thunder
I watch you tick and tick.
The door of chance will close
now you’re the last flame in the grate.
1 Wendy Cope Bloody Men
2 W.H. Auden Refugee Blues
3 angel-of-darkness Tissue-Paper Tourniquet
4 Maya Angelou Black Ode
5 Helen Dunmore Sean at 8 Weeks
6 Nii Ayikwei Parkes Lapse
7 Patrick McGuinness House Clearance
The title comes from George Mackay Brown’s poem, The Hawk
Thanks to all the poets above for allowing me this dawdle with their work.