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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

poetry snapshots: david cooke

I always enjoy reading new poems by David Cooke, and hope to see more from him in the future. We're very lucky to see one of his new poems, Pilgrims, here. Thanks, David! He has recently had poems published in The Cortland Review and London Grip Poetry Review, and on websites The Screech Owl and The Dock, with a forthcoming poem in the Irish Literary Review. David's excellent latest poetry collection, Work Horses, is available from Ward Wood Publishing, and he also has a page on the poetry pf site.


PILGRIMS

for Ziyad, Tamim & Rafiq



When the day has come,

you will make a journey

to the city of Mecca.



Each of you a pilgrim

dressed in white,

you will cast the stones



that set you free

from Shaitán, the evil one.

Circling the Ka’aba



you will feel around you

the crowd surging

like a river in spate;



and though it’s a distance

I cannot travel,

the scallop shells



on my school badge

made me a pilgrim too

like those who had tramped



to the far-flung shrine

of Santiago

de Compostela