Tonight, I am a constellation
of my scars and moles,
areas that do not explain themselves
in their piety.

Tumescent itches
pester fingers for attention,
brittle autumn twigs
rubbing at crow-pecked soil.

Wintering pipes
dredging yellow canals,
scavenger poachers
running through my field.


Colin Dardis
Born at the tail end of the seventies in Northern Ireland, Colin Dardis is a poet, artist, and sometimes musician. He is the editor of Speech Therapy, an online zine focusing on poetry from Ireland and beyond. His first collection, 'left of soul' is available via Colin's work has been previously published in 34th Parallel, Fire, Stimulus Respond, Fuselit, Decanto, Revival, Blazevox, Gutter Eloquence and elsewhere. His poem 'Perhaps', won the EditRed.Com 2006 Writer's Choice Award for Poetry. Check out Colin's website at: