sixpence

 

(Photo: Camille Martin)

(Photo: Camille Martin)

 

sixpence to feed the flocks
sixpence to drown the rocks
sixpence to crack the eaves
sixpence to climb the stairs
until they end
sixpence to fell the leaves
sixpence to weave a blanket
without a thread
sixpence to dry the wells
sixpence to burn the hearts
in their lairs
sixpence to rock the bells
and hear them knell
until they stop

 

first published in Hamilton Stone Review

 

Camille Martin

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