Two Poems
Christopher Barnes

Michaelmas (after "Bavarian Gentian"s by D.H. Lawrence)

Gallows for the strumpet
whose brat didn't fatten.

Father Stent's cassock swerves,
a censor's slipping heart.

in a sleet of gentian violet.

Black obsequials. I am unstuck,
could swivel that sun

from where all colour came,
back, back, through a deleterious spark.


I want a shoal of you.
you take off.

You leave-take, take-leave
in mists on sunset furze.

Bye. Bye love.
I have only a blue Dalmatian
and a home.