Almanac Poetry: ‘Wiregrass Cuts’ – Tommy Mallet



Wiregrass Cuts


Wiregrass gets between my fingers and a heavy rock
I’m lifting,
cutting them deep.


The blood takes a while to appear, but flows
over mud and flesh, before falling to greys and greens –
a red, so bold, so singular and
it stops me.


A paint


that, while wet,
oh, that


I stop, watching it pool and trickle.


Another drop falls,
just missing the smallest lizard –


this colour of exquisite




released in swear words
by bush or tools,
every several days,


over many years.





More from Tommy Mallet can be read Here.


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  1. Malby Dangles says

    Mallet smashes it again!

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