Mercy for Sonny Mercer

Barbed wire tree sculpture by DesertTwigs via Etsy

Barbed wire tree sculpture by Desert Twigs, on Etsy

Barbed wire buried deep

in the fields I am grown in,

enmeshed roots, sods, earth

bound tight,

 

scented loam

holding light and rain and warmth,

rusting the wire,

burnishing…

 

Sap rising

sap quenched

BarbBitingFlesh

 

Devouring

Me.

 

© Julia Birch

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Mercy for Sonny Mercer

    • Thanks; it’s amazing how personal grief can be explored by reflecting on familial grief. Sonny was my great-uncle, and died aged 19 on the Western Front. My war has been more intimate…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s