One Poem by Stephen Kingsnorth

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.


A double portion to the eldest son,
the first-born inherits more than equal share,
but for him, beyond his father’s will,
blood-brother, likewise, not of woman born.

Its distant lore from Siam torn,
swimming from genetic pool and amniotic sac,
after Caesar, each with legs, head, eyes,
but both with share core puzzles’ way,
cord binding as aortic valve.
As jungle law, despite anatomy,
first-lifted becomes the heartless one,
the second, bonded slave to brother’s will,
whose feet must tread where other leads,
despite the backward longing glance,
suggested sibling rivalry.

Will their intentions find accord,
though focus views on different points?
Where do their interests intersect,
pie charts amongst the envelopes?
Is there record of common cause,
alongside blooded arteries?
Maybe concord in same vein,
recorder play, remembered tune,
circulated rhythmic pulse?

Surgery may have a heart
but has it courage to model one,
or cordial to stimulate?
Is there a future fashion, both cards marked,
where one may become as two?


Stephen Kingsnorth, 67, is retired from ministry in the Methodist Church and living in north Wales. He has been published by Nine Muses Poetry; Voices; with other pieces accepted by Runcible Spoon; Ink, Sweat and Tears; Eunoia Review; The Poetry Village; Gold Dust Magazine and The Seventh Quarry.

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