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David Braziel

Although born and raised in England I have lived in Portadown for over ten years now. Married with two young children I spend my days working as an IT consultant but increasingly spend my spare time writing poetry and short stories. In 2004 I was a runner up in the BBC End of Story competition.

The Big 'C' by David Braziel

A word with the power
to stop a clock,
still tongues
and darken rooms.

A shell so spiked
it sticks, even
in the throats
of doctors.

Instead they use
the cleaner words:

A scuttling disease
finding a crack
and prising

The lucky ones
stagger back
into their lives
gasping, newborn.

With fresh holes
that let in light
and the wind
at new angles.

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