Helen Reid

Helen lives in Oxford.  She is a writer and carer. She has been writing poetry for the last five years.  She has been published in IOTA magazine and has read at several Oxford poetry events.  She has also had short fiction published in Mslexia magazine.
In her work she mines the stuff of every day life to find the extraordinary, the deeply personal detail that is also somehow universal. Issue 90.

Breaking by Helen Reid

Breaking news: a woman’s let her tea go cold.
A bulletin. She weeps. Do we have sound?
And the family of the soldier has been told.

It’s official. Of the hundred who were polled
ninety five percent agree she should be proud.
Back to the scene. Yes, the woman’s tea’s still cold.

We will keep you posted as events unfold.
Now the weather. In the flooding all hopes drowned
for the family of the soldier who’ve been told.

We’ve just heard that he was twenty one years old.
It’s so tragic; next the value of the pound.
Join our phone in. What’s your take on tea gone cold?

Now the virtue of the boy must be extolled
for his body, even now, is homeward bound
to the family of the soldier who’ve been told.

Just to recap then, with him they broke the mould.
Though his blood’s still warm in distant desert ground
yet our experts can confirm her tea is cold
and the family of the soldier has been told.

 

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