Faith

A girl in class opts out of speech. A teacher mouths
problems at home and who knows what too-large
or brutal vision stalled the engine of her voice.

In a photograph I pass round, a man reels from
a baton to the head and cameras bloom in every hand
to catch his perfect grimace. Today, we write about

the things that we believe in. The class comes up with
god, by all the usual names, and faith in numbers,
that the News at Ten’s more often bad than good,

that some things never change, no matter what
you say, although there’s so much to be said.
A girl carves out a space for her voice to return to.

Praise her fierce and stubborn silence. Somewhere,
rain falls on dry land for the first time in months,
and I want to know what her first words will be.


‘Faith’, unpublished poem, © Jacob Sam-La Rose 2011, used by permission of the author.

Recordings

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1My Mother’s Guitar

2Bacchanal

3After Lazerdrome: McDonalds, Peckham Rye

4Communion

5A Spell for Forgetting a Father

6The Hours

7Gravity

8Again

9Air

10Blacktop Universe

11Plummeting

12How to be a Basketball

13Dumb

14Driving Home in Reverse

15How to be Gravity

16How to be Urban

17The Star

18Clockwork

19An Ordinary Prayer

20Sacrament

21Faith

22Speechless 1950

23The Wolves

24A Portrait of Love as Gravity

25Bone

26Seconds

27How They Arrive

28The Edits

29Flush

31Ymir

32Song for a Spent 100W Bulb

33The Difficulty and the Beauty

34A Life in Dreams

30Lightning

Books by Jacob Sam-La Rose