Response to an atrocity


On a street taped with plastic

an atrocity unfolds. Something must be done!

and it is: judgement is let like blood,

post-on-post soaking-in, slickly pooling, before

inaction dares stiffen the dead.


And when the sodden ground, those vital pools

are swiped, the screen is blank; a palimpsest

yet deeply impressed, by insatiable

anger and violence without end.


Charlie Hill is the author of two critically-acclaimed novels, a novella and a pamphlet of short stories. His poems have appeared in Under the Radar and in the webzines Ink, Sweat and Tears and I Am Not A Silent Poet.