A Coward | Rob Hindle

In that he brake the othe of hys order
this man was taken out in the dark,
tied shivering to a post and blinded.
The MO pulled him straight, pinned
the target on his chest, smoothed it.

He felt hot breath on his cheek,
caught the MO’s farewell (You bastard);
heard his brisk withdrawal. He sucked blood,
had bitten his tongue half through.

The corporal gave the command:
boots creaked, bolts rattled and clunked;
small sounds grew out of an absence.
Life drummed in his ear, cornered;
he blinked and the cloth twitched.

Then a soft shout like a cry for help
and a smack of light.


‘A Coward’ appears in Rob Hindle’s new collection The Grail RoadsYou can order the book securely by clicking on the relevant PayPal button below.

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More than 60 previous Featured Poems can be accessed via this index (many of these pages also contain audio recordings and short films).