Neil Fulwood – Mass in B-Minor

Mass in B-Minor
The only word that suggests itself
is solemnity. There is perhaps
a measure of joy – the rarefied kind,
joy in the certainty of God
and the promise of salvation –

but it is solemnity that unfurls from the music
and draws the clamour of the estate
into a cone of stillness.
Alarms cease,
sirens are embarrassed into silence.

Belief is only a part of it.

Neil Fulwood was born in Nottingham in 1972. He is the author of three film studies books, including ‘The Films of Sam Peckinpah’. His poetry has been published in The Black Light Engine Room, Butcher’s Dog, Lunar Poetry, Monkey Kettle, The Writers’ Hub and Ink Sweat & Tears, and he has work forthcoming in Domestic Cherry and Art Decades.

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