Murder of a Prisoner of War, 1943

James Walton
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00445
Published online: 15 June 2015

a twirling geisha fan
sends the blood splatter into a thresher
of the executioner's calligraphy
samurai sword in signature
arranges a last viewing
those black hollyhocks
seduced from bamboo cages
of delirious patriotism
that could have written you
all the wanted promises
made and broken in the slow click
of a shoulder going back
in how your hair fell then
and a kiss floated like blossom

  • James Walton

  • Allambee South, VIC.



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