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Elk Öberg Aug 2018
Drink rainwater from my blistered hands,
It’s salty.
When you have finished,
Look me in my bloodshot eyes.
No light flickers there.
Ask me if I’m okay,
You’ll never hear the reply you want.
Elk Öberg Jul 2018
Flesh is stripped away in grisly ribbons,
It wraps around their mouths— suffocating.
Twisted into the red string of fate,
It ties stone crosses
To the backs of martyrs,
And crowns their skulls with poppies.
Still, the rook will crow,
And thick blood runs in opaque veils
Down the innocent’s face.

The ribbon floats back home,
Washed up on English rocks,
Where the lover, the friend, and the family member,
Allow it to curl around their littlest finger.
Their tears join the sea.

— The End —