Bombs Don’t Fall – Scott Elder

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Bombs Don’t Fall
And King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba
                       all her desire, whatsoever she asked…

A dog was barking in the early hours.
Who knows what you were dreaming.
I held your head between my hands
and heard a distant lute,
a desert drum and tambourine—
I was dreaming, too.
And in my dream I kept you whole—
spare parts, rivets, glue.
First comes the flash and then the thunder.
Try to wake before the thunder!
I shook your body till pieces flew
and woke, myself, before the dawn.
The wind was ever from the north.
It made the tent cords whine.
I put on a scarf and worn out shoes
and walked, a queen, into the night
against the wind and wind borne sand
bearing a gift for Solomon.


First published in‘Part of the Dark’, Dempsey&Windle Press 2017 and third prize winner in Southport Writers’ Poetry Competition 2017


Scott Elder lives in Auvergne, France with his three young children. Since Winter 2013 his poems have appeared in Orbis, Poetry Salzburg, Cyphers, Nimrod International, The Antigonish Review, The French Literary Review, Crannog Magazine, Big Muddy, Dream Catcher, Acta Victoriana, Quiddity International, Cake, Sentinel Quarterly, The Journal, Obsessed with Pipework, Morphrog, and The Moth Magazine (Spring 2017).

A debut pamphlet was published by Poetry Salzburg in July 2015.  He was a runner-up in the 2016 Troubadour International Poetry Prize and his work has been highly commended in both the Segora Poetry Competition 2015 and the Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition 2017, commended in the Wild Atlantic Words Competition 2015, shortlisted in the Fish Poetry Prize 2017, in the 2016 SPM Publications International Poetry Book Competition, and longlisted in The Plough Prize (2015) (2016) and the Cinnamon Pamphlet Competition (2016) (2017). A first collection entitled ‘Part of the Dark’ has just been published (August 2017) by Dempsey&Windle Press, UK.

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