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Trouble in Golem Town

Trouble in Golem Town
by Deborah Walker


It was quiet in Golem Town.
Clay feet treading along the
soundless, circular, mud pathways,
plodding patiently towards the end of the days.
Faces stretched tight into happy grimaces,
Each night, re-writing the words of their
lives along the hum of the static-fresh TV.
Quiet in Golem Town, until the fancy girl
came with her pinching fingers grabbing
scripts from gawping, gaping mouths.
Lightening in her brain instead of simple silt.
Smiling, rewriting their rhythmic respectable rules.
See the clay men fighting,
slow fists, brother against brother,
for the honour of rubbing their mud hands
against her white dress.
See their black glass eyes, smashed.
Gems make a pretty necklace for a fancy girl
with dirty wings.

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First published in Polu Texni, 2012.

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Deborah Walker loves dreamy, dark poetry. Her heroes are Christina Rossetti and Jacqueline West. Find Deborah’s poems in Scifaikuest, Dreams and Nightmares, Paper Crow and Chizine. She blogs at: http://deborahwalkersbibliography.blogspot.co.uk/

Where do you get the ideas for your poems? 

From Wikipedia. I'll start with something, say griffins, then hyperlink until I find something that catches my fancy. They also have a lovely Random Article button on the left hand side. Let me click it, my next poem will be about . . . a Sardiita Quijarroa. I can work with that.

5 comments:

Von said...

I love the rhythm of this piece. It's perfect for reading out loud. The images are wonderful.

Sylvia said...

Oh brrrr. That's beautiful and chilling.

Milo James Fowler said...

Just...wow -- as always.

Erin Cole said...

Dark and lavish. I love it. The design of the Golems and the girl 'puppeting' them, so cool.

Michelle Ann King said...

Dreamy and dark is a perfect description of this!