Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

Lovely Nightmares

by Louise Mason

This love is Hiroshima.
A nuclear power that poisons the rivers of our homeland
and I watch the twitching agony of blackened fish
wide eyed in fascination.
This love is Pompeii.
Molten tears gauge ravines across my cheeks
and the ash filled air tightens my chest
because I gasp in its sweetness.
This love is Leningrad.
I’m filled to the brim with a bone baring hunger
And, frozen from too many winter kisses from you
the shivers thrill me.
This love is Baghdad.
Words ricochet inside my head like bullets
and I lie broken in the rubble of the city
coated in the icing sugar dust.
Your love is a hang man’s noose.
I feel the boards beneath my feet tremble
and from the blackness of the bag drawn close around my neck
I think I see Orion. 
Running for cover
I stop for one last kiss.

Added: 13.04.2010