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The Hanging Stanes by Sam Meekings

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Title: The Hanging Stanes
Author: Sam Meekings
Number: 65/100
Allocated postcode: EH10

The Hanging Stanes

Two rain-toughed slabs, set as sockets
for gibbets, asked to summon
just enough sky to swing a man
in snow and din, in breath made mist.

The gallows gone, the blocks remain
because nothing loves death like stone.
Soaked in streetlights, moon brine,
jutting out from double yellow lines.

Two worn trapdoors, frost-wracked tablets
that might be the first lopsided squares
of a hopscotch course, urging feet
to test themselves upon the past.

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