Hess – by Gareth Writer-Davies


on the Skirrid
you can follow in the steps of Rudolph Hess

through the strident bracken
skirting others

I imagine him as a romantic figure firmly gazing
upon The Sugar Loaf

silently cursing his inaction
but like a true trooper gallantly performing for his captors

a melodrama
written by Goethe and scored by Wagner

whilst a thousand miles away
German soldiers are wiping the sweat from dead eyes

he is killing time
burying notes beneath the stones of the asylum

hoping that a bargain can be made
from vain deeds and the vainer thoughts of Nietzsche



Gareth Writer-Davies; shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Erbacce Prize (2014), winner of the Prole Laureate Competition (2017), and highly commended in the Welsh Poetry Competition (2015). His latest pamphlet Cry Baby has just been published by Indigo Dreams, who also published his debut pamphlet Bodies.


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