POEM Mark Blayney

NWR Issue 117


Two eagles carried a snake.
It sagged, an unwilling trapeze between
two hungry acrobats.

Watching, we asked for lunch. Our host
spread hands wide, emptily.
A shrug, trying its best to be apologetic...

Mark Blayney won the Somerset Maugham Award for Two Kinds of Silence. His third story collection, Doppelgängers, and poetry collection, Loud Music Makes You Drive Faster, are published by Parthian. Mark has been longlisted for the National Poetry Competition, is a Hay Festival Writer at Work, and recently won a Wales Media Award for his journalism. Mark's website He is on Twitter at @markblayney.

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