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Matthew Griffiths: a poem



Break

 

Like never knowing the rules

to British Bulldog: a year

 

with its hands to the brutalist

blocks of the playground, straining

 

for the opposite wall. I don't

remember the call, but the rush

 

of young bodies, as though

I had crossed their path in the game

 

of another imagination –

bound for a fence, a field, a fallen

 

oak, the holes of goalposts,

an annexed geography of infancy

 

where a neighbourhood echoes with noise,

lost schools of ghostly girls and boys.



Matthew Griffiths is an editor and educator based in Oxford. His first collection, Natural Economy, was published by Red Squirrel in 2016, and a second is forthcoming.

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