. gibbet . a collaboration.

Paul Brookes.

the wombwell rainbow – paul brookes

Two Poems


Stone where crime swung on a gibbet.

as a  village post it note.

Stone church entrance

embedded In three red hearts three white skulls

as a village memory jogger.

Stone, wood, metal Christs open

their wounds on crosses in three streets.

Grassy slagheap

dusty ground broken glass,

fly tipped patchwork carpet oddment lines fields, two bare bonced Scramblers scream past

Two young boys help tractored farmer gather golden corn harvest

All laugh together in the field knife edged

by housing

Time Out

with your

step grandad.

Only Christmas days

unwrapping action man

and hot wheels bind us.

From an asphalted pit lane

beside The Barley Sheaf

we walk into scrub.

“What are you doing at school now?”


I carry the minibeast book

I bought to help us.

“Don’t think we’ll find

any Scarab Beatles, today.”

No expression.

Sonja Benskin Mesher.   (Response)


daily the rope grinds  ,                          killing.

in the window the      vase holds one heart.                                                 village.  memory.

who believes,               who left the ticket as memorial?                      this       dirty mound.

screams cut through flesh,.      whose saintly face?

is he

the thresher ,             the collector of word?

one seed will grow this meadow of corn.

time lost

bound with nature.

we have a different gender,

walk a different road. a back road.

I read in latin

lost the sexton

lost my memory.

no sound escapes me…….


things never work out exactly how we expect



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