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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Robert Ford lives on the east coast of Scotland. His poetry has appeared in both print and online publications in the UK and US, including Antiphon, Clear Poetry, Homestead Review and Ink, Sweat and Tears. More of his work can be found at

Robert Ford

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The argument

Sometimes it's as though we're cradling it,
nurturing it gently, nomads with a flame,
carrying it with us, between us, wherever we go.

How carefully we feed it when necessary:
a dry fist of kindling to make the sore,
red embers burst back into life again;

a brooding log to see us through the night;
the quick volleys of our breathing, spat as words,
the oxygen it would perish without.