TIES AND DRESS SHIRTS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED – Colin James

                                               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…………

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