Title: in the letter

Author: James Norcliffe

In: Sport 22: Autumn 1999

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, March 1999

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 22: Autumn 1999

James Norcliffe — in the letter

page 117

James Norcliffe

in the letter

there was nothing
of the tall ice floes
the beautiful bruise of sky
the potted meat still edible
after all these years

in the letter there was
the ineffable sadness
of french horns
on an imaginary
journey to the Faroes

there was the sadness
of ink fading I suppose
the sweet symmetry
of the folds your fingers
would have pressed
all weather out of

there was in the letter
little of my hopes
only the cursive slope
of how things were
and your small hand