Peace Talk


A peace talk has taken place
today between me and these wounds; the treaty signed
on a scrap of blank paper
with a determination which lasted
for over thirty eight years.
Thirty eight long roads.
Ended quietly in a town with
almost no street lights and yet
I reluctantly said yes
for the sake of another last hour.


She has given me the weather forecast.


Maria Stadnicka, ‘Weather Forecast’ – pastel, pencil and ink on paper