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  • Matthew Warren

The Legend of St Blaise

A poem inspired by the patron saint of Dubrovnik, written in the City on 25th July, 2022

Draw out the bones that choke,

Jarring bones,

Fleshless, scratching.

I swallowed them fast as a fish,

Tongue, throat,

Twisting and warping

Those same words that flowed

from you, easy as the Jordan,

Undammed but brutalised bare,

—to the bones—

and still pouring like sweat.

Draw out your bones,

Scarring bones,

rattling, catching,

and let me draw the empty air,

thin from the tomb.

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