Abused and tortured, acrimoniously
displayed on Dragon Poles,
some of us were able
to get a leg up
bodies into the wind,
like flags or something.
Others were a disappointment
still standing on end.
Of course the crowd complained
withheld their encouragement,
only cheering blood
oozing from ears.
Bonfires were built for brutality,
ritualistic dancing speculatively occurred.
I bribed anyone, a young entrepreneur
to spare my rope tied sides
and dump me into the pit of redemption
from which I have never stirred.
Colin James is a great admirer of the Scottish landscape painter, John Mackenzie.
Colin is currently at work on a poetry manuscript…………