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Let this poem be a Sunday
morning – quiet light floods
the room; birds tuning up
in the trees run through
a scribbled libretto
of courtship and gossip.
Bring your coffee back to bed.
Today anything’s possible, nothing
irredeemable. Sun warms
the bones of the earth,
in mosques and parks
no fire claims a life,
no terrorist owns a bridge.
Jeff Skinner’s poems have appeared in Stare’s Nest, Crowsfeet, Clear Poetry, Ground Poetry, The Open Mouse, Poetry News, and on a Guernsey bus. He was long listed in the Bridport competition in 2012 and shortlisted in the 2015 Wells Poetry Competition. He reads occasionally with Exeter Poets Uncut.
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