Silent Night – Harry Jelley

First Draft

We liked poet Harry Jelley‘s piece at our Heathens’ Christmas Party this week so much that we persuaded him to let us publish it…


Silent nights
are the most settling/
They can be
slashed so cleanly
from one into the other
— like that moment you
      realised the comforting
      presence of a single smart suit on
      an almost-empty-but-for-them-bus
      at 3am
      isn’t chatting calmly on the phone
      but is
  a complex international
  business deal
  into a remote control
  & then you see the mud (maybe blood) (maybe hair) under their fingernails
      & thoughts go forensic.
That is how brittle…

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