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Stripped

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Stripped

Stripped

by Bernie Crawford

Always go for the strong image
the one that stalks the mind
when the book is closed
let it do the work, I encourage
my students

The image haunts me
all night, wish I hadn’t
watched the news
but know I’ve no right
to the privilege of not knowing

Row upon row
of men, young and old,
sitting, in almost prayer pose,
on ground among the rubble
in their underpants.

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Bernie Crawford

Bernie Crawford’s poetry has been published in Irish and international journals. Her first collection Living Water was published by Chaffinch Press (2021). She is co-editor of the poetry magazine Skylight 47.

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