this splintered

self, always

 

there and not

there—all ways

fragments

 

too close

to truth

 

his

portrait

 

ear-splitting

hairline cracks

 

eyes—iced-over

puddles

stepped

into, smashed

 

nose, broken

punched in

like a code

 

pupils;

dead flies

captured by

misshapen webs

 

frown thrown

off guard

 

skull-shatter

piece by piece

 

within his

lashes

 

a universe

on the blink

 

 

 

Richard Biddle aka (bid) has an MA in Performance Writing from Dartington College of Arts. His poetry and visual poetry have been published in numerous places online and in print. He teaches Creative Writing at Chichester College and tweets as @littledeaths68. 

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