Poems

Christopher Collingwood: ‘Drips of Hardship’

Drips of Hardship He used to run the tap for hours— allowing streams of water to overflow in his cupped hands; as if he was begging for fairness, but the world couldn’t spare the change. I could see him staring, as the days dripped off his fingertips, leaving only frustration and the river of dirt that seemed to bury his youth. He used to scrub his hands in such ritual, like he was trying to remove another self; but it wasn’t from anger, or shame, or sadness, the soap moved too freely for that. He was searching for something, a…

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