Every year, C.M. Simpson gathers up the short stories, flash fiction and poetry she’s written, published, or prepared for publishing, and puts them into a single volume. This year, there are two volumes. The first volume consists of all the work, C.M. has re-discovered from her early years of writing.
As C.M. explains at the beginning of each volume “poems and short stories form the playground I use to explore ways of putting words on paper to create different effects” and each volume contains a variety of styles and subjects, accompanied by what it was that inspired her at the time. This piece was sparked by events in the real world.
This poem was inspired by the eight soldiers who were captured during the Gulf War. They were accused of having left international waters. I cannot recall if they were ever successfully retrieved or returned. This poem was written on 26 June 2004.
paraded on international TV
like a half-dead sparrow
allowed to flutter
while its captor yowls
drawing the attention