All posts tagged: Sabine

On ‘Two Songs of War and a Lyric’

This year I wrote a cycle of poems relating to war and to women. I titled part of it Two Songs of War and a Lyric for the SouthWord Journal, although it is intimately related to an earlier sequence of art poems, and to the 75th anniversary of Guernica which was marked in 2012.  The second poem in the art series , Gernika, was written for Euskal PEN and was read during the 75th anniversary commemoration of Guernica this summer of 2012. The first and last poem of the sequence, A Lament, was written some time ago and had been put in a folder. A Lament is too awkward a piece to submit to most journals as it is written for three voices and does not slip easily into the submission guidelines of many reviews. A Lament was written firstly as a poem and then as a chorus. It was conceived to weave in and out of the sequence which was published initially in SouthWord Magazine. Lament is an inherent part of the sequence because …

‘Sabine’ by C. Murray

Morning, and his rust-coloured shadow is cast onto the floor, beneath it the stone flags show their cracks and flaws, they are brown maroonish or black. That he may come in to wound her that he may come in to love her is the same thing. There are two pots There are bowls, there is a pestle and a short knife, in the metal dish is the featherless corpse bathed in its blood. He winged it before he broke its neck for the pot. That he may come to wound her that he may come to love her is the same thing. He is a cruel child. He has the cruelty of a child who knows where the fractures are he can trace them with his hands although the fractures are silvered in their healing for her, the scars sing. That he want to wound to wound her that he may want to love her is the same thing.  Sabine is © C. Murray. First published in The Southword Literary Journal 2012 as Two Songs of …