a termination – by Lesley Burt


the priest conceals himself
in brocade-and-white
a thurible swings

a haze of incense looms
over the coffin    fills
the congregation’s throats

the nuns    hushed by ritual
lower heads to pray
for their Sister    her Sin

avoid meeting his eyes
know the fall
of his gaze






Lesley lives in Dorset. Her poetry has been published online, including Long Exposure and the Poetry Kit website, and in magazines and anthologies, including: Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, Sarasvati, Reach and The Butchers Dog.  Recent awards in competitions include Chipping Sodbury 2014, Poetry Kit 2015 and Poetry Kit Members Competition March 2016.