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Benjamin Norris

Benjamin Norris is a poet and author from Bristol, England, whose work regularly features in magazines, anthologies and collections on both sides of the Atlantic. He is currently finishing his second novel.

Slowly We Have Let Slip

Slowly we have let slip
through rains and rivulets, hands
that traced old eyes on sands,
which traversed old seas
now crawling with little Jonahs
warm within great bellies
who, once saved, once coughed
and gasping, beg
to be tossed back under,
to gulp back faith inside
some evil-smelling womb—
all pulped pages, numbered days,
krill and mothers who
bring forth the years
in the shape of wet seasons
still—time dives, bellows,
breaches,
yet this morning
the waves brought only water.

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