matt's notebook

limpets

for Jamie

This is a modern war
of news and aircraft,
land of the free
v home of the brave
v us on the couch,
boxed
24/7.

A soldier with a bitter pill
sent across the sand to still
the cradle of civil-
isation, boys
heard but never seen.

Was a modern war
of bombs and baking,
Alan Turing
up at the park,
cracking the code
of sex.

An apple sliced with cyanide
given by the men who spied,
eaten as an aside
to the problem
of intelligence.

We stand on the shingle beach, wait,
keep fast with the limpets,
hold for the turning tide
to flood back in.

Matthew John Williams
2003