Nothing (for Manchester) by Paul Brookes

is real.

My smile was a pink balloon
floated above me. I sang.

A big bang.
Blood on the balloon.

I find metal nuts and bolts.
I can’t sing. It isn’t real.

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3 thoughts on “Nothing (for Manchester) by Paul Brookes

  1. Pingback: Nothing (for Manchester) by Paul Brookes | The Wombwell Rainbow

  2. ‘It isn’t real” the response we have when pitched into nightmare. Also read this as comment on “I can’t sing” that the song can’t be real in the same world as the explosion. Powerful.

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