. The Longest Day | London Progressive Journal
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The Longest Day

Sat 24th Jun 2017












I read in the Mirror

about the sun,

how heat rises through ancient rocks,

creates a searing beam

and catches fire

on the longest, hottest day.




My skin is red,

blistered from exposure,

unprotected, fragile,

but you aim your lens

to steal my spirit.




From up on high

you deliver your news:

your solution

a divine cleansing

of furious flame,




and now the sky burns,

a beacon of ash

and silenced voices,




sheets of blackened cladding

floating to the earth

like headlines.

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