from ‘In Slate’s Hands’ | Mark Goodwin

for Ian Lloyd-Jones

this climber
has slate’s gaze
a total of grey steadiness

he can see
the rainbow in slate’s grey

his Welsh voice
cracks slate consonants
yet polishes with vowels

he speaks of new routes
& edgy slate grades

he has worked at play

slate has ripped & dusted
his Montane jacket
his pale grey hands wear
blood-black nicks

all day slate
has had his soul

all day slate’s family
has worked with him
his Grandfather’s
flat slate ghost has

lived 3d through
his frame’s movements

I cannot shake
his hand for fear
of slate’s tons
& tiny razors

he has his
Grandfather’s hands

slate hands


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