Peter Bakowski

(15 October 1954 - / Melbourne / Australia)

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Portrait Of Blood

The thin armour

you give the newborn,

the midwife

washes away.

In playgrounds,

when the bullied fall,

you rush

to the hill of a bruise.

The shape of your engine room,

lovers carve into tree trunks.

In war

you blossom from

every wounded soldier and civilian.

In the field hospital

you glisten on

the gloved hands of surgeons

and each busy scalpel.

You’re not to be trusted,

rummaging in the attic of our skulls,

studying the ...

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Someone Will Have To Go

Portrait of Leonard Drysdale, clerk, Birmingham, England, 1946

Ever punctual I stride,
past doors of frosted glass and stencilled names,
the expected sounds of typing.
A morning nod to Mrs Flegg in reception,
then along to my office,
closing its door to sigh at the overflowing in-tray.

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