St William and the Ghost


Tom Brody lives in Beijing, where he runs a small school teaching English as a second language.

In 2015 he travelled to the Antarctic as part of a research team of botanists, geological engineers and artists to study the effects of climate change on marine species, inspiring a documentary and collection of essays entitled Coulee.

These two poems are from his upcoming pamphlet, Saint William and the Ghost.



 

AWAY FROM ME

 

I’m listening to the soft fall
of your feet upstairs

They stop by the gable wall
and I imagine you on tip toes
reaching for the extra blanket
we keep above the closet

They start again
and slowly move away from me

 


 

MORET

 

‘She’s casting groundless aspersions,’ you say wistfully.
‘Mm,’ I reply.

We slide into silence.
One black swan glides into view
and we both see the same, like
we feel the same heat from the sun,
the same waves on our feet
hanging in the river;

the swell bigger now
as two geese land awkwardly,
bouncing and skimming to an ungainly halt
as though shoved by bullies in the playground.
And now the silence is broken:
a duck is being raped.

‘Groundless,’ you repeat quietly.
‘Mm.’

 


Tom Brody

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Tom Brody lives in Beijing, where he runs a small school teaching English as a second language. These two poems are from his upcoming pamphlet, 'Saint William and the Ghost'.