Wild Court

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Two new poems by Niall Campbell

© Racheal Da Silva Burton




Bring on the bit and curb, the saddle,
the saddlebag; broad animal,
steady it goes for its own name
being whispered in its ear;

bring on the blankets, the slumped pack,
lovingly; weight on weight, what matters
is this whole life being dedicated,
haunch and hoof and back; bring on

the tiny passenger, the load-bags
filled with riot; oh mid-life’s beast,
it stamps, up the hill of the soul,
down the thrilled valley to the stream.



    The Disembarked


It’s midnight and I’m dismantling a railway,
bend by bend, straight by straight. The passengers
who shuttled all throughout the provinces
of imagined lavender and imagined wheat,
must find a place to settle for the night,

and don’t I have a certain sympathy
with those come blinking from the carriages
with nowhere to lay out – except this bed
beneath the sliding blue stars of the evening
near the warm, creaking sleepers of the heart.






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