Dead Words

A tower of words merged into brick

waiting to crumble

like the decayed mast of a wrecked ship.


The alligators below all circle around

speaking of disaster and sacrifice

while they’re safe on the ground.


An annual mania that ignores the dying,

green apologies are spoken;

they don’t realise they’re lying.


And then the opening buds of a rose

speak up with new voices

querying the world with new prose.