Sally Long – Two Poems

Manifesto

Eliminate the deficit,
cap welfare spending,
build firmer economic foundations,
strong, effective government,
prosperity and well-being.
Proclaim good news to the poor,
freedom for the prisoners,
recovery of sight for the blind,
set the oppressed free;
the year of the Lord’s favour.

Border Crossing

A soldier’s word starts the race:
we run dragging our children
like water in our wake,
old men stumble,
old women hobble,
all of us run, stumble, hobble,
propelled by desperation,
heading for the border towards
tents,
oil,
beans,
pulses,
water,
our finishing line.

Sally Long has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East London and is a PhD student at Exeter. She has had poems published in magazines including Agenda, Haiku Quarterly, Ink, Sweat and Tears, London Grip, Snakeskin and has work forthcoming in Poetry Salzburg Review. Sally edits Allegro Poetry Magazine. http://allegropoetry.org and is a member of Ver Poets.

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