A form of speech

Stories change shape in the telling
As words alter through long use.
This is nothing new
But it's close to home
Which might colour my view (were I have to one).
It's not exactly light, not entirely dark.
I'm saying what happens not naming parts.

II. 15-24.

 


from A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde Book I (Faber, 2014), © Lavinia Greenlaw 2014, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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