‘Notes from Sarajevo’: a poem by Scott Elder

     Notes From Sarajevo

 …a bullet in flight bears no sound


The city’s empty but for wind
varying shades of darkness
a woman kneeling under a briar

from here she seems to be hiding

if the shrub had a voice it would sing for water
she’s found a crook in its heart

bear with me
(she stops to cough and begins again)

when the little war’s over
  I’ll bring you some water
    my home’s in the country
(her voice is thin)

a well’s in the garden
  I’ll invite you on Sundays
for a glass or two

the words for an instant steep in silence
a fathom deep and sinking still


Scott Elder

About Scott Elder

Scott Elder’s publications are the pamphlet 'Breaking Away' (Poetry Salzburg, 2015) and his debut collection 'Part of the Dark’ (Dempsey & Windle, 2017). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Welsh Review, Southword, The Rialto, The Moth, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg, Cyphers, Cake, and Crannog. He was runner-up in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016, among the winners of the Guernsey International Poetry Prize 2018 and Teignmouth Poetry Prize 2019, and longlisted in the National Poetry Competition 2018. He was highly commended in the Bristol, the Poetry on the Lake and the Buzzwords Poetry Competitions in 2018, and shortlisted in the Fish Poetry Prize 2017 and the Plough Prize in 2016 and 2017.